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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Should former Democratic Chicago mayor turned TV talking head Rahm Emanuel just drop the punditry nonsense and get into the presidential race himself? John Kass,, "Column: Should Rahm Emanuel run for president and save Democrats from Joe Biden and his bloody eye?," 11 Sep. 2019 Yet there’s no distinction to the filming of these interviews, which are done in bright yet manicured light in the form of talking heads, neither close enough for intimacy nor distant enough for a sense of physicality. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” and the Problem of the Archive," 29 Aug. 2019 If there’s a talking head who is blabbering confidently about the Tigers before Week 1, then that person is not to be trusted with money or horses. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Auburn is the most unpredictable team in the country," 19 Aug. 2019 For now, this is only applied to talking head videos. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "This Bill Hader Deepfake Video Is Amazing. It's Also Terrifying for Our Future.," 13 Aug. 2019 But if some cable news talking head or newspaper columnist gets it into their head that the new Spider-Man film is pushing a political agenda and makes a big deal of it, that could cut into the bottom line. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 Long Shot gets a nice shot of energy with the appearance of Larry David as a talking head true crime witness (which sounds like a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode plot itself). Lincoln Michel, GQ, "How Curb Your Enthusiasm Saved a Man From Death Row," 9 June 2018 At another point, a talking head (that of McKenzie Wark) went on about political theory. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the de Young’s Wilsey Court, the eye that speaks," 9 May 2018 And its cable-TV feed didn’t work—which meant the gang couldn’t tune in to see just how badly Wall Street talking heads were freaking out about Target’s stock. Fortune, "Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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