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.

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Reliable Sources cut together a recent speech Trump delivered at Mar-a-Lago with the various Fox talking heads who first said each line. Luke Darby, GQ, "Here’s Video Evidence Trump Can’t Stop Cribbing Fox News Talking Points," 23 Apr. 2018 Grenell, meanwhile, seemed an ideal Trumpist standard-bearer — a former aide to national security adviser John Bolton, a Fox News talking head and an inveterate tormentor of journalists and Democrats on social media. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The U.S. ambassador in Germany flies the Trumpist flag," 5 June 2018 While the talking heads will tell you a sixth, seventh and even eighth-place teams from one of the five power conferences, plus the Big East, is a 'Cinderella' choice, don't buy it. Elton Alexander,, "NCAA Tournament Watch: Looking at some bracket buster candidates (video)," 17 Jan. 2018 Just beyond midcourt, a couple of feet inbounds, three vacant stools sat in front of a television camera waiting for their talking heads to arrive. David Murphy,, "Sixers' Markelle Fultz and his rocky rookie season will complicate offseason decisions | David Murphy," 1 May 2018 Friday morning, American congressional staffers, intelligence professionals, journalists and talking heads woke up, grabbed their phones, rubbed their eyes and cursed – what in hell is going on? Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Peace Just Break Out Between North and South Korea?," 27 Apr. 2018 Many Democratic talking heads make weak arguments on television that fail to move voters. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: New coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 The Mooch is a perfect person to play a post-crack-up talking head. Rich Cohen, The Hollywood Reporter, "One F—ing Awesome Night Out With The Mooch in New York," 16 Apr. 2018 The problem is these talking heads happen to be experienced individuals like, Ben, was just describing about John Bolton. Fox News, "Mainstream media bash Bolton," 26 Mar. 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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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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