Talk Definition

Define what is Talk?

1. talk, talking (noun)

an exchange of ideas via conversation.

  • let's have more work and less talk around here.
Synonyms: talking

conversation noun
the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc..


pious platitude, cant noun
insincere talk about religion or morals.

dialog, dialogue, duologue noun
a conversation between two persons.

heart-to-heart noun
an intimate talk in private.

shmooze noun
(Yiddish) a warm heart-to-heart talk.

shop talk noun
talk about your business that only others in the same business can understand.

idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, wind noun
empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.

chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak, cackle noun
noisy talk.

2. talk, speak (verb)

exchange thoughts; talk with.

  • We often talk business.
  • Actions talk louder than words.
Synonyms: speak

communicate, intercommunicate verb
transmit thoughts or feelings.


proceed, continue, carry on, go on verb
continue talking.

dissertate, hold forth, discourse verb
talk at length and formally about a topic.

pontificate verb
talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner.

orate verb
talk pompously.

talk down verb
speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child.

spiel verb
speak at great length (about something).

dogmatise, dogmatize verb
speak dogmatically.

cheek verb
speak impudently to.

level verb
talk frankly with; lay it on the line.

talk turkey verb
discuss frankly, often in a business context.

monologuise, monologuize, soliloquise, soliloquize verb
talk to oneself.

converse, discourse verb
carry on a conversation.

chat up, coquet, coquette, flirt, mash, philander, butterfly, dally, Romance verb
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions.

dish the dirt, gossip verb
wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies.

rap verb
talk volubly.

3. talk (noun)

discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of').

  • his poetry contains much talk about love and anger.

discussion, discourse, treatment noun
an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic.

4. mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter (verb)

express in speech.

  • She talks a lot of nonsense.
  • This depressed patient does not verbalize.

communicate, intercommunicate verb
transmit thoughts or feelings.


read verb
look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed.

phonate, vocalise, vocalize verb
utter speech sounds.

troll verb
speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice.

Begin verb
begin to speak or say.

lip off, shoot one's mouth off verb
speak spontaneously and without restraint.

shout verb
utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking).

whisper verb
speak softly; in a low voice.

peep verb
speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice.

speak up verb
speak louder; raise one's voice.

snap, snarl verb
utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone.

enthuse verb
utter with enthusiasm.

speak in tongues verb
speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy.

swallow verb
utter indistinctly.

verbalise, verbalize verb
be verbose.

whiff verb
utter with a puff of air.

talk of, talk about verb
discuss or mention.

blubber out, blubber verb
utter while crying.

drone on, drone verb
talk in a monotonous voice.

stammer, stutter, bumble, falter verb
speak haltingly.

rasp verb
utter in a grating voice.

blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate, blunder verb
utter impulsively.

inflect, modulate, tone verb
vary the pitch of one's speech.

deliver, present verb
deliver (a speech, oration, or idea).

generalise, generalize verb
speak or write in generalities.

twaddle, tittle-tattle, tattle, prattle, prate, piffle, palaver, gibber, gabble, blabber, blab, maunder, clack, chatter verb
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly.

chatter verb
make noise as if chattering away.

rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away, jaw verb
talk incessantly and tiresomely.

open up verb
talk freely and without inhibition.

snivel, whine verb
talk in a tearful manner.

murmur verb
speak softly or indistinctly.

mumble, mussitate, mutter, maunder verb
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice.

slur verb
utter indistinctly.

bark verb
speak in an unfriendly tone.

bay verb
utter in deep prolonged tones.

jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout verb
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner.

siss, sizz, hiss, sibilate verb
express or utter with a hiss.

cackle verb
talk or utter in a cackling manner.

babble verb
utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way.

intone, tone, chant verb
utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.

gulp verb
utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly.

sing verb
produce tones with the voice.

5. talk (noun)

the act of giving a talk to an audience.

  • I attended an interesting talk on local history.

lecturing, lecture noun
teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class).


chalk talk noun
a talk that uses a blackboard and chalk.

6. speak, talk (verb)

use language.

  • the baby talks already.
  • the prisoner won't speak.
  • they speak a strange dialect.
Synonyms: speak

communicate, intercommunicate verb
transmit thoughts or feelings.


run on verb
talk or narrate at length.

smatter verb
speak with spotty or superficial knowledge.

slang verb
use slang or vulgar language.

7. lecture, public lecture, talk (noun)

a speech that is open to the public.

  • he attended a lecture on telecommunications.

speech, address noun
the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience.

8. talk, spill (verb)

reveal information.

  • If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!.
  • The former employee spilled all the details.
Synonyms: spill

Tell verb
let something be known.

9. talk of the town, talk (noun)

idle gossip or rumor.

  • there has been talk about you lately.

scuttlebutt, gossip, comment noun
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people.

10. peach, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, spill the beans, tattle, babble, sing, talk (verb)

divulge confidential information or secrets.

  • Be careful--his secretary talks.
Antonyms: keep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth (verb)

refrain from divulging sensitive information; keep quiet about confidential information.


disclose, divulge, let on, unwrap, reveal, let out, give away, expose, discover, bring out, break verb
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret.

11. lecture, talk (verb)

deliver a lecture or talk.

  • She will talk at Rutgers next week.
  • Did you ever lecture at Harvard?.
Synonyms: lecture

instruct, Teach, learn verb
impart skills or knowledge to.


preach, prophesy verb
deliver a sermon.

Nearby Terms

talk about (verb)
to consider or examine in speech or writing

talk down (verb)
belittle through talk

talk into (verb)
persuade somebody to do something

talk of (verb)
discuss or mention

talk of the town (noun)
idle gossip or rumor

talk out of (verb)
persuade someone not to do something

talk over (verb)
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

talk shop (verb)
discuss matters that are related to work

talk show (noun)
a program during which well-known people discuss a topic or answer questions telephoned in by the audience

talk terms (verb)
discuss the terms of an arrangement

talk through one's hat (verb)
speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

talk turkey (verb)
discuss frankly, often in a business context

talkative (adjective satellite)
full of trivial conversation

talkatively (adverb)
in a chatty loquacious manner

talkativeness (noun)
the quality of being wordy and talkative