Definition of talk at in English:

talk at

phrasal verb

  • Address (someone) in a hectoring or self-important way without listening to their replies.

    ‘he never talked at you’
    • ‘This isn't easy to do whilst listening and talking at someone else.’
    • ‘They talk at rather than listen to customers; they don't interact with them and offer new products or services.’
    • ‘Urania visits her father, and talks at him, unravelling her anger and distress, not at all sure whether he understands.’
    • ‘The time has come to have an NHS where the patients are listened to and not talked at.’
    • ‘As I stood there being talked at by Levi, I listened to pieces of conversation from our table.’