1. The act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more.
In various talk the instructive hours they passed. --Pope.
Their talk, when it was not made up of nautical phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and curses. --Macaulay.
2. Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war.
I hear a talk up and down of raising our money. --Locke.
3. Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of the town.
Syn: -- Conversation; colloquy; discourse; chat; dialogue; conference; communication. See Conversation.
talk v. i. [imp. & p. p. talked p. pr. & vb. n. talking.]
1. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.
I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you. --Shak.
2. To confer; to reason; to consult.
Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. --Jer. xii. 1.
3. To prate; to speak impertinently. [Colloq.]
To talk of, to relate; to tell; to give an account of; as, authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra. “The natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done.” --Addison.
To talk to, to advise or exhort, or to reprove gently; as, I will talk to my son respecting his conduct. [Colloq.]
Talk, v. t.
1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French.
2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics.
3. To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away; as, to talk away an evening.
4. To cause to be or become by talking. “They would talk themselves mad.”
To talk over. (a) To talk about; to have conference respecting; to deliberate upon; to discuss; as, to talk over a matter or plan. (b) To change the mind or opinion of by talking; to convince; as, to talk over an opponent.
n 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
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]
v 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]