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talk    : [t'ɔk]
Talk \Talk\, n.
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.
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In various talk the instructive hours they passed.
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Their talk, when it was not made up of nautical
phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and
curses. --Macaulay.
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2. Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war.
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I hear a talk up and down of raising our money.
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3. Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of
the town.
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Syn: Conversation; colloquy; discourse; chat; dialogue;
conference; communication. See {Conversation}.
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Talk \Talk\, v. t.
1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating;
as, to talk French.
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2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a
subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk
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3. To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away;
as, to talk away an evening.
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4. To cause to be or become by talking. "They would talk
themselves mad." --Shak.
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{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.
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talk \talk\ (t[add]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {talked} (t[add]kt);
p. pr. & vb. n. {talking}.] [Cf. LG. talk talk, gabble, Prov.
G. talken to speak indistinctly; or OD. tolken to interpret,
MHG. tolkan to interpret, to tell, to speak indistinctly,
Dan. tolke to interpret, Sw. tolka, Icel. t[=u]lka to
interpret, t[=u]lkr an interpreter, Lith. tulkas an
interpreter, tulkanti, tulk[=o]ti, to interpret, Russ.
tolkovate to interpret, to talk about; or perhaps fr. OE.
talien to speak (see {tale}, v. i. & n.).]
1. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as
in familiar discourse, when two or more persons
interchange thoughts.
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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.
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2. To confer; to reason; to consult.
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Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. --Jer. xii.
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3. To prate; to speak impertinently. [Colloq.]
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{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.]
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n 1: an exchange of ideas via conversation; "let's have more
work and less talk around here" [synonym: {talk}, {talking}]
2: discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for
`discussion of'); "his poetry contains much talk about love
and anger"
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" [synonym: {lecture}, {public lecture},
5: idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately"
[synonym: {talk}, {talk of the town}]
v 1: exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business";
"Actions talk louder than words" [synonym: {talk}, {speak}]
2: express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This
depressed patient does not verbalize" [synonym: {talk}, {speak},
{utter}, {mouth}, {verbalize}, {verbalise}]
3: use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't
speak"; "they speak a strange dialect" [synonym: {speak}, {talk}]
4: reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!";
"The former employee spilled all the details" [synonym: {spill},
5: divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his
secretary talks" [synonym: {spill the beans}, {let the cat out of
the bag}, {talk}, {tattle}, {blab}, {peach}, {babble},
{sing}, {babble out}, {blab out}] [ant: {keep one's mouth
shut}, {keep quiet}, {shut one's mouth}]
6: deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next
week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?" [synonym: {lecture},

386 Moby Thesaurus words for "talk":
accent, accents, address, advertise, after-dinner speech, air,
allocution, analyze, argot, assignment, babble, back-fence gossip,
balderdash, balls, ballyhoo, bat the breeze, be in connection,
be in contact, be indiscreet, be unguarded, belittle, betray,
betray a confidence, blab, blabber, blather, blether, blurt,
blurt out, bluster, boast, bosh, brag, bring round, bruit, bull,
bull session, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, buzz, cackle, canard, cant,
canvass, causerie, chalk talk, chat, chatter, chin, chinfest,
chitchat, choice of words, clack, claptrap, clatter, colloque,
colloquialize, colloquy, come clean, comment, comment upon,
commerce with, common talk, commune with, communicate,
communicate with, composition, confab, confabulate, confabulation,
confer, conference, confess, consider, consult, consultation,
controvert, conversation, converse, converse with, convince, crap,
criticize, crow, cry, deal with, debate, declaim, declamation,
deliberate, deliberate upon, deliberation, deliver an address,
denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, dialect, dialogue, diatribe,
diction, diminish, discourse, discourse about, discuss, discussion,
disparage, disquisition, dissertation, dither, dope, duologue,
elocution, eulogy, exaggerate, examine, exchange, exchange views,
exercise, exhortation, exposition, expression, filibuster, flap,
flying rumor, forensic, forensic address, formal speech,
formulation, funeral oration, gab, gabble, gas, gibber,
gibble-gabble, give a talk, give away, go into, go on, gossip,
gossiping, gossipmongering, gossipry, grammar, grapevine, grass,
groundless rumor, gush, handle, harangue, have dealings with,
have intercourse, have truck with, haver, hearsay, hogwash, hokum,
hold communication, homework, homily, hooey, hortatory address,
hot air, hype, idea afloat, idiom, idle talk, inaugural,
inaugural address, info, inform, inform on, information,
instruction, interchange, intercommunicate, invective, investigate,
jabber, jargon, jargonize, jaw, jeremiad, knock, knock around,
language, langue, latrine rumor, leak, lecture,
lecture-demonstration, lesson, let drop, let fall, let slip, lingo,
lingua, locution, malarkey, manner of speaking, meeting, minimize,
moral, moral lesson, morality, moralization, mouth, natter,
negotiation, news, news stirring, newsmongering, nonsense,
object lesson, on-dit, oral communication, oration, palaver, pan,
parlance, parley, parole, pass under review, patois, patronize,
patter, peach, pep talk, peroration, personal usage, persuade,
philippic, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, piece of gossip, piffle,
pitch, platform, plug, poppycock, pour forth, powwow, prate,
prattle, prattling, preachment, prepared speech, prepared text,
presentation, promote, prose, public speech, publicize, push,
put down, question-and-answer session, ramble on, rap, rap session,
rapping, rat, rattle, rattle on, reading, reason, reason about,
reason the point, recital, recitation, reel off, report,
retail gossip, reveal a secret, review, rhetoric, roorback,
rubbish, rumble, rumor, run on, sales talk, salutatory,
salutatory address, say, screed, scuttlebutt, sermon, set speech,
set task, shoot the breeze, sift, sing, skull session, soapbox,
speak, speak to, speak with, speaking, speech, speechification,
speechify, speeching, spiel, spill, spill the beans, sponsor,
spout, spout off, squeal, stool, story, study, stuff and nonsense,
stump, support, sway, take the floor, take the stump, take up,
tale, talebearing, taletelling, talk about, talk away, talk big,
talk down, talk into, talk nonsense, talk of, talk on, talk over,
talkathon, talkfest, talking, task, tattle, tattle on, teaching,
tell idle tales, tell on, tell secrets, tell tales, tete-a-tete,
thresh out, tirade, tittle-tattle, tongue, town talk, traffic with,
treat, trialogue, tripe, twaddle, twattle, unconfirmed report,
usage, use, use language, use of words, usus loquendi, utter,
utterance, valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, vaunt,
ventilate, verbalization, verbalize, verbiage, visit, vocalize,
voice, waffle, wag the tongue, way of speaking, whisper, wordage,
wording, words, yak, yakkety-yak, yakking, yam, yarn

A {Unix} program and
{protocol} supporting conversation between two or more users
who may be logged into the same computer or different
computers on a network. Variants include {ntalk}, {ytalk},
and {ports} or {emulators} of these programs for other

{Unix} has the {talk} program and {protocol} and its variants
{xtalk} and {ytalk} for the {X Window System}; {VMS} has
{phone}; {Windows for Workgroups} has {chat}. {ITS} also has
a talk system. These split the screen into separate areas for
each user.

{Unix}'s {write} command can also be used, though it does not
attempt to separate input and output on the screen.

Users of such systems are said to be in {talk mode} which has
many conventional abbreviations and idioms. Most of these
survived into {chat} jargon, but many fell out of common use
with the migration of {user} prattle from talk-like systems to
{chat} systems in the early 1990s. These disused
talk-specific forms include:

"BYE?" - are you ready to close the conversation? This is the
standard way to end a talk-mode conversation; the other person
types "BYE" to confirm, or else continues the conversation.

"JAM"/"MIN" - just a minute

"O" - "over" (I have stopped talking). Also "/" as in x/y - x
over y, or two newlines (the latter being the most common).

"OO" - "over and out" - end of conversation.

"\" - Greek {lambda}.

"R U THERE?" - are you there?

"SEC" - wait a second.

"/\/\/" - laughter. But on a {MUD}, this usually means
"earthquake fault".

See also {talk bomb}.


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  • Meaning of talk the talk . . . walk the walk in English
    talk the talk walk the walk definition: If you say that someone talks the talk but does not walk the walk, you mean that they do not act in a way that agrees with the things they say: Learn more
  • DISCUSS | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    discuss definition: 1 to talk about a subject with someone and tell each other your ideas or opinions: 2 to talk or write about a subject in detail, especially considering different ideas and opinions related to it: 3 to talk about something to other people, often exchanging ideas or opinions: Learn more
  • Moot - definition of moot by The Free Dictionary
    Usage Note: The adjective moot is originally a legal term going back to the 1500s It derives from the noun moot in its sense of a hypothetical case argued as an exercise by law students The noun moot in turn goes back to an Old English word meaning "a meeting, especially one convened for legislative or judicial purposes " Consequently, a moot question is one that is arguable or open to debate
  • Mean - definition of mean by The Free Dictionary
    I mean, that we are liable to be imposed upon, and to confer our choicest favours often on the undeserving, as you must own was your case in your bounty to that worthless fellow Partridge: for two or three such examples must greatly lessen the inward satisfaction which a good man would otherwise find in generosity; nay, may even make him timorous in bestowing, lest he should be guilty of

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