Other forms: talking; talked; talks

When you open your mouth and say something, you talk. You tell someone something, or have a conversation, or exchange information. A speech can also be called a talk.

Talk is a word that’s always connected to speaking. In a movie, a hero being tortured by bad guys might be told that they will "make him talk," which means they want him to reveal secret info. Someone who is "the talk of the town" is being gossiped about by everyone. If someone says, "We need to talk," it often means they have bad news for you. Anytime people are conversing, chatting, or blabbing, they're talking.

Definitions of talk
  1. verb
    use language
    “the baby talks already”
    synonyms: speak
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    run on
    talk or narrate at length
    speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
    use slang or vulgar language
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  2. verb
    express in speech
    “She talks a lot of nonsense”
    synonyms: mouth, speak, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    verbalise, verbalize
    be verbose
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    look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
    phonate, vocalise, vocalize
    utter speech sounds
    speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
    begin to speak or say
    lip off, shoot one's mouth off
    speak spontaneously and without restraint
    utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
    speak softly; in a low voice
    speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
    speak up
    speak louder; raise one's voice
    snap, snarl
    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    utter with enthusiasm
    speak in tongues
    speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy
    utter indistinctly
    verbalise, verbalize
    be verbose
    utter with a puff of air
    talk about, talk of
    discuss or mention
    blubber, blubber out
    utter while crying
    drone, drone on
    talk in a monotonous voice
    bumble, falter, stammer, stutter
    speak haltingly
    utter in a grating voice
    blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate
    utter impulsively
    inflect, modulate, tone
    vary the pitch of one's speech
    deliver, present
    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
    generalise, generalize
    speak or write in generalities
    blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, yammer
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    make noise as if chattering away
    jaw, rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away
    talk incessantly and tiresomely
    open up
    talk freely and without inhibition
    snivel, whine
    talk in a tearful manner
    speak softly or indistinctly
    maunder, mumble, mussitate, mutter
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
    utter indistinctly
    speak in an unfriendly tone
    utter in deep prolonged tones
    jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    hiss, sibilate, siss, sizz
    express or utter with a hiss
    talk or utter in a cackling manner
    utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
    chant, intone, tone
    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
    produce tones with the voice
    speak in a deliberately impassive or serious manner
    read out loud as words written numbers
    say out loud for the purpose of recording
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
    speak of in an irreverent or impious manner
    speak softly or lovingly
    scream, yell
    utter or declare in a very loud voice
    holler, holler out
    shout out
    roar, thunder
    utter words loudly and forcefully
    rhapsodise, rhapsodize
    say (something) with great enthusiasm
    orate, speechify
    make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
    babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter
    talk foolishly
    issue soft noises
    bawl, bellow
    shout loudly and without restraint
    sing a note with the correct pitch
    sing loudly and without inhibition
    sing softly
    cantillate, chant, intonate, intone
    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
    descant, warble, yodel
    sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
    quaver, trill, warble
    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
    sing treble
    sing with closed lips
    read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
    belt, belt out
    sing loudly and forcefully
    descant on
    sing a descant on a main tune or melody
    vocalise, vocalize
    sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel
    harmonise, harmonize
    sing or play in harmony
    sing in descant
    sing along
    sing with a choir or an orchestra
    sing or celebrate in psalms
    celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels
    sing using syllables like `do', `re' and `mi' to represent the tones of the scale
    chirp, tweedle
    sing in modulation
    choir, chorus
    sing in a choir
    deliver by singing
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  3. verb
    exchange thoughts; talk with
    “We often talk business”
    “Actions talk louder than words”
    synonyms: speak
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    carry on, continue, go on, proceed
    continue talking
    discourse, dissertate, hold forth
    talk at length and formally about a topic
    talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner
    talk pompously
    talk down
    speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child
    speak at great length (about something)
    dogmatise, dogmatize
    speak dogmatically
    speak impudently to
    talk frankly with; lay it on the line
    talk turkey
    discuss frankly, often in a business context
    monologuise, monologuize, soliloquise, soliloquize
    talk to oneself
    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
    butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander, romance
    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
    dish the dirt, gossip
    wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
    talk volubly
    argue, contend, debate, fence
    have an argument about something
    proceed without interruption; in music or talk
    interview, question
    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
    discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation
    go for an interview in the hope of being hired
    orate verbosely and windily
    engage in amorous play
    act seductively with (someone)
    chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    bruit, rumor, rumour
    tell or spread rumors
    jog, ramble, ramble on
    continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  4. noun
    discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')
    “his poetry contains much talk about love and anger”
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    discourse, discussion, treatment
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  5. noun
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
    “let's have more work and less talk around here”
    synonyms: talking
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    cant, pious platitude
    insincere talk about religion or morals
    dialog, dialogue, duologue
    a conversation between two persons
    an intimate talk in private
    (Yiddish) a warm heart-to-heart talk
    shop talk
    talk about your business that only others in the same business can understand
    idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, wind
    empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
    cackle, chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak
    noisy talk
    blether, chin music, idle talk, prate, prattle
    idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
    type of:
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  6. verb
    reveal information
    “If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!”
    synonyms: spill
    babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, tattle
    divulge confidential information or secrets
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    let something be known
  7. verb
    divulge confidential information or secrets
    “Be careful--his secretary talks
    synonyms: babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, tattle
    reveal information
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    keep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth
    refrain from divulging sensitive information; keep quiet about confidential information
    type of:
    break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  8. noun
    idle gossip or rumor
    “there has been talk about you lately”
    synonyms: talk of the town
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    comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
    a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
  9. verb
    deliver a lecture or talk
    “She will talk at Rutgers next week”
    synonyms: lecture
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    preach, prophesy
    deliver a sermon
    evangelise, evangelize
    preach the gospel (to)
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    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  10. noun
    a speech that is open to the public
    synonyms: lecture, public lecture
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    type of:
    address, speech
    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
  11. noun
    the act of giving a talk to an audience
    “I attended an interesting talk on local history”
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    chalk talk
    a talk that uses a blackboard and chalk
    type of:
    lecture, lecturing
    teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)




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