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 Remote workers adjusted their daily wardrobe to the reality of appearing as a talking head and shoulders on video calls. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Soth has, in recent years, become something of a social-media talking head, churning out brief, casual lectures and tutorials for his Web site. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2022 Rock legend Grohl has legitimate star quality and is often showcased as a talking head in rock documentaries, on social media and in TV appearances. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 One of the first major films to launch on CNN+, the doc follows Warwick as a talking head as the 80-year-old iconic singer revisits influential moments from her life and work. Joey Nolfi,, 10 Feb. 2022 But those are the realities of Fanone’s formal entry into the Resistance Industrial Complex as a CNN talking head. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 At 468 minutes, the three-part series on Disney Plus keeps us immersed by wisely refusing to interrupt the action with one of the conventions of the rock doc, namely talking head interviews. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 The trailer features footage of Morissette performing, along with talking head interviews about her ground-breaking album Jagged Little Pill. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2021 Kitty casts herself in the lead, Ella as the villain, Krystal as an even gayer C3-PO, and Vanity as essentially a talking head that is supposed to be Baby Yoda. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of talking head

1964, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2022

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“Talking head.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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