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Talk

Talk appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot to talk ere the tot could totter, ought the Hottentot tot be taught to say ought or naught or what ought to be taught 'er?
  • If a Hottentot tot taught a Hottentot tot to talk before the tot would totter, ought the Hottentot tot be taught to say ought, or naught, or what ought to be taught the Hottentot tot? If to hoot and to toot a Hottentot tot be taught by a Hottentot tutor, should the tutor get hot if the Hottentot tot hoots and toots at the Hottentot tutor?

Talk appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Reviled shahs rev Australia? Mere talk!" said I, "ask later; email art suaver shahs deliver."
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Usage statistics for the verb talk:

spoken English75.34%written English24.66% conversational speech44.91%task-oriented speech55.09%
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Talk is sometimes a misspelling of take or talked.

The word talk is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun talk

What does talk mean as a name of something?

Talk is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: talks

  1. an exchange of ideas via conversation
  2. discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')
    • example: his poetry contains much talk about love and anger
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: discourse / discussion / treatment = an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  3. the act of giving a talk to an audience
    • example: I attended an interesting talk on local history
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: lecture / lecturing = teaching by giving a discourse on some subject
    • more specific term: chalk talk = a talk that uses a blackboard and chalk
  4. a speech that is open to the public
  5. idle gossip or rumor

Alternative definition of the noun talk

noun

  1. A conversation or discussion.
  2. A lecture.
  3. (After the) A major topic of social discussion.
  4. (Without an article) Empty boasting, promises or claims.

Definition of the verb talk

What does talk mean as a doing word?

Talk is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in speech, being one of the top 50 most common verbs in spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: talked | talking | talks

  1. exchange thoughts; talk with
    • examples: We often talk business | Actions talk louder than words | Sam and Sue talk
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]She lecturedVerbs of Communication: lecture, moralize, preach, rant, remark, speak, testify, theorize, write
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]She lectured about traveling
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]She lectured about her travels
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]Susan and Rachel talkedVerbs of Communication: speak
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] togetherSusan and Rachel talked
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb]Susan talked
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan talked about the problems of modern America
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Actor 2]Susan talked about the problem to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] with [Actor 2]Susan talked about the problem with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2]Susan talked to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan talked to Rachel about the problem
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Susan talked with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan talked with Rachel about the problem
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of talk: speak
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
  2. express in speech
    • example: She talks a lot of nonsense
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]Susan and Rachel talked
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] togetherSusan and Rachel talked
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb]Susan talked
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan talked about the problems of modern America
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Actor 2]Susan talked about the problem to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] with [Actor 2]Susan talked about the problem with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2]Susan talked to Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan talked to Rachel about the problem
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Susan talked with Rachel
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic]Susan talked with Rachel about the problem

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): speak.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of talk: mouth / speak / utter / verbalise / verbalize
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
  3. use language
    • examples: the baby talks already | Sam and Sue talk
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of talk: speak
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
      • run on = talk or narrate at length
      • smatter = speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
      • slang = use slang or vulgar language
  4. reveal information
    • example: If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of talk: spill
    • more generic word: tell = let something be known
  5. divulge confidential information or secrets
  6. deliver a lecture or talk
    • examples: She will talk at Rutgers next week | Sam and Sue talk
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of talk: lecture
    • more generic words: instruct / learn / teach = impart skills or knowledge to
    • more specific words: prophesy / preach = deliver a sermon

Films

  1. "Talk" is a 1994 Australian film directed by Susan Lambert and starring Victoria Longley and Angie Milliken.
  2. "Talk" is a 1997 short drama film written and directed by Lukas Moodysson.
    • country: Sweden
    • language: Swedish Language
    • released in (18 years ago)

Phrases with Talk

Phrases starting with the word Talk:

  1. Talk Up
  2. Talk Back
  3. Talk Cock
  4. talk down
  5. talk into
  6. talk over
  7. Talk Past
  8. Talk Shit
  9. talk shop

Phrases ending with the word Talk:

  1. Bad-Talk
  2. man talk
  3. pep talk
  4. Sex Talk
  5. baby talk
  6. back talk
  7. fast-talk
  8. Girl Talk
  9. idle talk
  10. Self-Talk
  11. shop talk

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Talk

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Google previewSunday talk (ed. by C. Church).

by Cyril Church

The "SHEFFIELD DAILY POST" says:— " Sunday Talk is the title of a twopenny monthly conducted by the Rev.

Google previewSpeaking Hatefully (2013)

Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary by David Boromisza-Habashi

The media scholar Paddy Scannell argued that a defining feature of contemporary broadcast talk is that it is designed for...

Google previewNumber Talks (2010)

Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5 by Sherry Parrish

One of the scariest things about leading a number talk is the fear that you will not be able to follow students' thinking or ...

Google previewCellular Imaging Techniques for Neuroscience and Beyond (2012)

by Floris G. Wouterlood

Channel cross talk (sometimes called bleed-through) is an undesired phenomenon that may interfere in multilabel fluorescence studies with the results . Cross talk is the occurrence of fluorescence signal in a channel2 configured for imaging a ...

Google previewTalking Problems (2012)

Studies of Discursive Construction by Richard Buttny

Talk is the primary site for human sociability. As Langenhove and Harré...

Google previewTrash Talk: An Encyclopedia of Garbage and Recycling around the World (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Garbage and Recycling around the World by Robert William Collin

- | - - - - | * > / £a ENCYCLOPEDIA of GARBAGE --AND- Recycling Around the worlp - \ - - Robert William Collin -> " -- - Trash Talk Trash Talk An Encyclopedia of Garbage and Recycling.

Google previewJeff Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary III (2007)

Learning to Talk More Gooder Fastly by Jeff Foxworthy

Learning to Talk More Gooder Fastly Jeff Foxworthy. REDNECK DICTIONARY , > L.earm'ng to Talk More Gooder Fastly Copyright © 2007 by Jeff Foxworthy All rights reserved. Published. JEFF FOXWORTHY with FAX BAHR, ADAM SMALL, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Primary Education (2009)

by Denis Hayes

Children who are disposed towards tactile learning often have difficulty learning simply by reading about the subject or sitting through a formal talk or being given a verbal explanation on how to perform a particular task without exploring how it ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Education (2015)

by Susan Wallace

Talk-Less Teaching A mode of teaching which maximizes opportunities for learners to contribute to classroom dialogue as well as participate actively in lessons. This approach aims to reduce poor-quality teacher talk ...

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Usage statistics about talk

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb talk:

spoken English75.34%written English24.66% conversational speech44.91%task-oriented speech55.09% imaginative writing78.4%informational writing21.6%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun talk:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb talk:

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Quotes about Talk

Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense. Can he talk nonsense? (William Pitt)
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Scrabble value of T1A1L1K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of TALK

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