talking-to

play
noun talk·ing-to \ ˈtȯ-kiŋ-ˌtü \

Definition of talking-to

First Known Use of talking-to

circa 1875


TALKING-TO Defined for English Language Learners

talking-to

play
noun

Definition of talking-to for English Language Learners

  • : an angry or serious conversation in which you criticize someone's behavior


TALKING-TO Defined for Kids

talking-to

noun talk·ing-to \ ˈtȯ-kiŋ-ˌtü \

Definition of talking-to for Students

:an often wordy scolding

Learn More about talking-to


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up talking-to? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!