talking head


Definition of talking head

: the televised head and shoulders shot of a person talking also : a television personality who appears in such shots

Examples of talking head in a Sentence

The debate was followed by hours of talking heads analyzing the candidates' performances.
Recent Examples on the Web And if that's not enough, there are multiple moments of talking head-style monologues, thanks to the framing device used for the series. Rosie Knight,, "The Wilds Puts Clever Twists On Pop Culture’s Most Classic Survival Stories," 14 Dec. 2020 And while Winter never intrudes on-screen, Zappa feels preoccupied with redeeming his hero’s image: memorializing him not merely as a shock-rocker or snappy CNN talking head but as a bona fide genius. John Semley, The New Republic, "How Weird Was Frank Zappa?," 26 Nov. 2020 Every reporter, columnist, television talking head, radio analyst, website owner and telegraph operator should remember this, and their coverage should reflect it. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Dear news media: What Donald Trump tweets won't change that Joe Biden is president-elect," 13 Nov. 2020 But Sharpe is on a slide after being fired from his high-profile job as a TV talking head. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Local Politics and Global Espionage," 5 June 2020 Even worse is the candidate who runs to build a private brand, whether for an existing business or a crack at a job as a talking head on cable television. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The GOP has almost no chance in Maryland’s 7th District. But these candidates want to try.," 24 Jan. 2020 But Lorenz says the TikTok users have a lot in common with TV networks because each have a cast of talking heads. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Tech that lets you stay home might be immune from coronavirus damage on Wall Street," 28 Feb. 2020 But Wayne LaPierre is much more than a talking head. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Influencers: 19 People Who Have Changed the Outdoors (for Better and for Worse)," 20 Nov. 2017 Like its predecessor, the documentary is a piece of workmanlike TV that relies on restless editing, conspicuous background music, and repetition, with talking heads providing both sharp insight and familiar platitudes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The R. Kelly Story Is Bigger Than Most People Know," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of talking head

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Talking head.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of talking head

: a person who gives information or opinions on a television show and whose head and shoulders are shown on the television screen

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