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

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

  • (UK)
    • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: tôk IPA(key): /tɔːk/
    • (Standard Southern British, MLE) IPA(key): [toːk]
  • (US)
    • (General American) IPA(key): /tɔk/
    • (cotcaught merger) enPR: tŏk IPA(key): /tɑk/, [tʰɑk], [tʰäk], [tʰak]
    • (African-American Vernacular) IPA(key): /tɔʊ̯k/
  • (General Australian, New Zealand, MLE) IPA(key): /toːk/
  • Homophones: torc, torq, torque (non-rhotic); tock (cotcaught merger)
  • Rhymes: -ɔːk

From Middle English talken, talkien, from Old English *tealcian (to talk, chat), from Proto-West Germanic *talkōn, 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), Norwegian tale (speech), Old English talian (to count, calculate, reckon, account, consider, think, esteem, value; argue; tell, relate; impute, assign). More at tale. Despite the surface similarity, unrelated to Proto-Indo-European *telkʷ- (to talk) (due to Grimm's law), which is the source of loquacious.

  • taulke (obsolete)

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

  1. (intransitive) To communicate, usually by means of speech.
    • 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; to talk about.
  3. (transitive) To speak (a certain language).
  4. (transitive, informal, chiefly used in progressive tenses) Used to emphasise the importance, size, complexity etc. of the thing mentioned.
  5. (intransitive, slang) To confess, especially implicating others.
  6. (intransitive) To criticize someone for something of which one is guilty oneself.
  7. (intransitive) To gossip; to create scandal.
  8. (informal, chiefly used in progressive tenses) To influence someone to express something, especially a particular stance or viewpoint or in a particular manner.
  • See Thesaurus:talk
  • listen

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

talk (countable and uncountable, plural talks)

  1. A conversation or discussion; usually serious, but informal.
  2. A lecture.
  3. (uncountable) Gossip; rumour.
  4. (preceded by the; often qualified by a following of) A major topic of social discussion.
  5. (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.
    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.
  6. (uncountable, not preceded by an article) Empty boasting, promises or claims.
  7. (usually in the plural) Meeting to discuss a particular matter.
  • See also Thesaurus:talk
  • (meeting): conference, debate, discussion, meeting

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From English talk.


  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese) talk; lecture; seminar
    talktalk [Cantonese]  ―  teng1 tok1 [Jyutping]  ―  to attend a talk


  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese) to talk (especially a lot)
    talk [Cantonese]  ―  tok1 dak1 [Jyutping]  ―  talkative
  • English Loanwords in Hong Kong Cantonese

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

  • IPA(key): /talk/, [tˢalˀɡ̊]

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

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

talk m (uncountable)

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

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

talk c (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of talg (tallow)
  • Negerhollands: talk
  • kalt

From English talk.


  1. to talk, speak

From Dutch talk, from Middle French talc, from Arabic طَلْق (ṭalq), from Persian تلک (talk).

  • IPA(key): (standard) [ˈtalk], [ˈtalə̆k]
  • Hyphenation: talk

talk (first-person possessive talkku, second-person possessive talkmu, third-person possessive talknya)

  1. talc
  • talêk
  • “talk” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Agency for Language Development and Cultivation – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, 2016.

Learned borrowing from Medieval Latin talcum.

  • IPA(key): /talk/
  • Rhymes: -alk
  • Syllabification: talk

talk m inan

  1. (mineralogy) talc (soft mineral)
  2. talc, talcum powder
  • talk in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • talk in Polish dictionaries at PWN

talk c

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

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