talk

talk

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of talk in English

English Online Dictionary. What means talk‎? What does talk mean?

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɔːk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /tɔk/
    • (w:cot-caught merger, w:northern cities vowel shift) IPA(key): /tɑk/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːk
  • Homophones: torc, torq, torque (non-rhotic accents only)

Etymology 1

From Middle English talken, talkien, from Old English *tealcian (to talk, chat), from Proto-Germanic *talkōną (to talk, chatter), frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *talōną (to count, recount, tell), from Proto-Indo-European *dol-, *del- (to aim, calculate, adjust, count), equivalent to tell +‎ -k. Cognate with Scots talk (to talk), Low German taalken (to talk). Related also to Danish tale (to talk, speak), Swedish tala (to talk, speak, say, chatter), Icelandic tala (to talk), Old English talian (to count, calculate, reckon, account, consider, think, esteem, value; argue; tell, relate; impute, assign). More at tale.

Verb

talk (third-person singular simple present talks, present participle talking, simple past and past participle talked)

  1. (transitive) To communicate, usually by means of speech.
    • William Shakespeare
      I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Let’s go to my office and talk. ― I like to talk with you, Ms. Weaver.
  2. (transitive, informal) To discuss.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To confess, especially implicating others.
  4. (intransitive) To criticize someone for something of which one is guilty oneself.
  5. (intransitive) To gossip; to create scandal.
  6. (informal, chiefly used in the present participle) To influence someone to express something, especially a particular stance or viewpoint or in a particular manner.
Conjugation

See also: talkest, talketh

Synonyms
  • See also Thesaurus:talk
Coordinate terms
  • listen
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English talk, talke (conversation; discourse), from the verb (see above).

Noun

talk (countable and uncountable, plural talks)

  1. A conversation or discussion; usually serious, but informal.
  2. A lecture.
  3. (preceded by the; often qualified by a following of) A major topic of social discussion.
  4. (preceded by the) A customary conversation by parent(s) or guardian(s) with their (often teenaged) child about a reality of life; in particular:
    1. A customary conversation in which parent(s) explain sexual intercourse to their child.
      Have you had the talk with Jay yet?
    2. (US) A customary conversation in which the parent(s) of a black child explain the racism and violence they may face, especially when interacting with police, and strategies to manage it.
      • 2012, Crystal McCrary, Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World →ISBN:
        Later, I made sure to have the talk with my son about being a black boy, []
      • 2016, Jim Wallis, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge →ISBN:
        The Talk
        All the black parents I have ever spoken to have had “the talk” with their sons and daughters. “The talk” is a conversation about how to behave and not to behave with police.
      • 2016, Stuart Scott, Larry Platt, Every Day I Fight →ISBN, page 36:
        Now, I was a black man in the South, and my folks had had “the talk” with me. No, not the one about the birds and bees. This one is about the black man and the police.
  5. (uncountable, not preceded by an article) Empty boasting, promises or claims.
  6. Meeting to discuss a particular matter.
    The leaders of the G8 nations are currently in talks over nuclear weapons.
Synonyms
  • See also Thesaurus:talk
  • (meeting): conference, debate, discussion, meeting
Derived terms
Translations

Related terms

Pages starting with "talk".


Danish

Etymology

Via French talc or German Talk, from Persian طلق‎ (talq).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /talk/, [tˢalˀɡ̊]

Noun

talk c (singular definite talken, not used in plural form)

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

Related terms

  • talkum

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Noun

talk m (uncountable)

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

Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch talch, from Old Dutch *talg, from Proto-Germanic *talgaz. More at English tallow.

Noun

talk c (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of talg (tallow)

Anagrams

  • kalt

Polish

Noun

talk m inan

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

Declension


Swedish

Noun

talk c

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

Declension

Bookmark
share
WebDictionary.net is an Free English Dictionary containing information about the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, translations, etymology and more.

Related Words

Browse the English Dictionary

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

License

This article based on an article on Wiktionary. The list of authors can be seen in the page history there. The original work has been modified. This article is distributed under the terms of this license.