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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Instead of being mounted directly on the walls, the televisions are hung on panels, preventing the noise of talking heads from leaking into neighboring quarters. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 Many a talking head on TV no doubt instantly reverted from dwelling on the horror of the accident to the horror of Mr. Trump’s presumptively stupid and inappropriate comments. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Planes Crash, So Does the Media," 12 Mar. 2019 There will be a pre-game: talking head panelists talking about the wall. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why You Shouldn't Watch Trump's Oval Office Address Tonight," 8 Jan. 2019 Where other viewers might see talking heads bloviating about various policies, Trump sees people who should be making the policies in real life — or, at least, pushing his in a telegenic way. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "When heads roll, Trump looks for replacements on TV," 16 Mar. 2018 But DeSantis assiduously courted Trump, aggressively booking himself on Fox News as a pro-Trump talking head and impressing the White House. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and one loser from primary elections in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma," 29 Aug. 2018 As the principals met behind closed doors, talking heads filled the hours of rolling cable news coverage of the summit, replaying the footage of Trump and Kim shaking hands and parading around the property. Eli Stokols,, "Ready! Action! Summit!! Trump and Kim's meeting felt made for the cameras," 12 June 2018 While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Ted Cruz Loses Last Scrap of Dignity, Writes Time Tribute to His Bully, Donald Trump," 19 Apr. 2018 Fran Lebowitz and Anna Wintour are among the many talking heads. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Summer 2018 Movie Release Schedule," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of talking head

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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