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Dictionary Definition

talk

Noun

1 an exchange of ideas via conversation; "let's have more work and less talk around here" [syn: talking]
2 (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of') discussion; "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"
3 the act of giving a talk to an audience; "I attended an interesting talk on local history"
4 a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications" [syn: lecture, public lecture]
5 idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately" [syn: talk of the town]

Verb

1 exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words" [syn: speak]
2 express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise]
3 use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" [syn: speak]
4 reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details" [syn: spill]
5 divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks" [syn: spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, tattle, blab, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out] [ant: keep quiet]
6 deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?" [syn: lecture]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Talk

English

Etymology

From Middle English talken, possibly from tale. Cognates include Swedish tolka, Danish tolke, Icelandic túlka (interpret, explain), which are derivatives of Swedish and Danish tolk, Icelandic túlkr, respectively; Lithuanian tulkas (an interpreter).

Pronunciation

  • /tɔːk/, /tO:k/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːk

Noun

  1. A conversation.
  2. What is being said about a subject of interest.
    She is the talk of the day.
  3. A lecture.

Translations

conversation
what is being said
lecture

Verb

  1. To communicate to someone else by means of speech.
  2. To communicate ideas to someone else by means other than speech.
    Although I don't speak Chinese I managed to talk with the villagers using signs and gestures.

Translations

to communicate by speech
to communicate by other means than speech
  • Finnish: puhua, viestiä
  • Japanese: qualifier formai 意思疎通する

Danish

Noun

talk

Dutch

Noun

talk
  1. talc (a soft, fine-grained mineral used in talcum powder)

Swedish

Noun

talk
  1. talc (a soft, fine-grained mineral used in talcum powder)

Extensive Definition

Talk primarily refers to the act of conversation.
Talk may also refer to:

Academia

Computing

Music or song

Entertainment

talk in German: Talk
talk in Spanish: Talk
talk in Dutch: Talk
talk in Japanese: トーク
talk in Norwegian: Talk (andre betydninger)
talk in Portuguese: Talk
talk in Yiddish: טאלק

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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