Definition of talking in English:

talking

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Engaging in speech.

    • ‘The best part of the movie are the Ents - big, talking trees.’
    • ‘While all the talking portions have been completely shot and edited, two more songs are being shot in New Zealand for Arul.’
    • ‘If nothing else Laois manager Mick O'Dwyer is a straight talking man.’
    • ‘The talking portions for the movie starring the physically challenged dancer Kutty have been completed.’
    • ‘I felt like a talking dictionary explaining the meaning of the word.’
    • ‘I never stopped dreaming that one day I would be crossing a bridge and a talking troll would be underneath.’
    • ‘According to a recent Reuters report, Italian winemakers are about to market wines that come with a talking label.’
    • ‘It's a pity we can't ask his opinion, or at least the talking computer.’
    • ‘We were being processed for flight by a talking orange.’
    • ‘The promotion is based around the customer being able to win unusual talking radios which have an alarm like a crowing rooster.’
    • ‘I almost always like the talking part, just because I think people are interesting.’
    • ‘Sugar presses forward, rolling this talking Sisyphus stone farther up the slope, flashing William a smile of reassurance.’
    • ‘I mean, who wouldn't choose a talking cereal box over the sedentary and mute Rice Krispies?’
    • ‘Kent Association for the Blind wants an editor for its talking newspaper for Dartford.’
    • ‘There's betrayal, murder, raucous feasts, flamenco dancing and the occasional talking tree.’
    • ‘She walks with a cane and users a Brailer and a talking laptop computer to do her schoolwork and is the only blind teenager in a mainstream Oldham school.’
    • ‘They've fashioned together the first talking heart rate recorder, like a polar monitor, only better.’
    • ‘With 12 feet of rain per year, Mission Beach residents have plenty of talking time.’
    1. 1.1 (of an animal or object) able to make sounds similar to those of speech:
      ‘the world's greatest talking bird’
      • ‘Matsa squirmed to look at what had pinned him to the ground, hoping it wasn't a talking goose.’
      • ‘Since when did we suspend enough belief to actually buy into talking cows?’
      • ‘In fact, it probably dawns on one of them that they just might have a talking frog on their hands.’
      • ‘She hit the streets of Old Town with a talking fox called Freddie.’
      • ‘Yap had talked about his encounter with a magical talking fish who took him beneath the ocean and made him Lord of the Seas.’
      • ‘Planet of the Apes follows the original storyline only insofar as there are talking apes.’
      • ‘The young protagonists are helped by the talking lion Aslan, and by the power of a prophecy stating that four children will end her terrible reign.’
      • ‘The books are filled with talking dogs, angels, spirits, ghosts, demons and death.’
      • ‘Flashback sequences, talking dogs and stuttering pictures add to the general air of unease which the film carries.’
      • ‘Needless to say the female customer at the bar was shocked by the insolent talking beast.’
      • ‘Do you have any idea how hard it is to choose a talking animal mascot that makes sense?’
      • ‘Writer/director Denis Villeneuve uses talking fish as the narrative voice for reasons that remain a mystery.’
      • ‘He was dressed flamboyantly in bright and many coloured Mendai robes, and carried a talking parrot seated on his shoulder.’
      • ‘A crowd puller at the Park with his Kitty, magic and wit, Vinod says that children are bewildered by a talking monkey.’
      • ‘She was with a talking cat and dog, an warrior, a witch, and a water sprite.’
      • ‘But think about it: did you really think a movie about a talking pig would be any good?’
      • ‘Hints of Alice In Wonderland crept in with talking rabbits, trees and apples.’
      • ‘But her biggest role came opposite a talking gorilla in Congo.’
      • ‘I am assuming that you're all aware that Stuart is a talking mouse and his appearance as a member of a human family is covered in the original.’
      • ‘The jury were staring like they'd never seen a talking cat before.’
    2. 1.2 Silently expressive:
      ‘he did have talking eyes’
      • ‘Today this self-assured child arrives at school with a bounce in her step and a talking smile on her face.’
      • ‘He put down his sandwich, stared at me, into me, with talking eyes.’

noun

  • [mass noun] The action of talking; speech or discussion:

    ‘I'll do the talking—you just back me up’
    • ‘Mr Hellawell's straight talking has made the headlines before.’
    • ‘A small part of the surveyees said they had been subject to sexual harassment through the telephone or direct talking.’
    • ‘No talking is allowed; even a smile earns you a glare from the guards.’
    • ‘Text messaging has many advantages over old - fashioned talking.’
    • ‘Using a mobile hub, units like the Nokia 6310i allow you more than hands-free talking.’
    • ‘And if he doesn't worry about it, confidence and talking will come naturally.’
    • ‘That was pretty good, although there was a lot of talking, including speeches afterwards.’
    • ‘Kildare feet did the walking and talking in that blistering period.’
    • ‘We chatted for a while and the chatting moved quite smoothly, well as smoothly as talking can when there is competing loud music.’
    • ‘The issue of whether sport and politics should mix is a thorny one which endless talking will not smooth out.’
    • ‘Of course, once Marc went back he would likely be the one calling and talking, but it was nice to hear from Leera now and then.’
    • ‘I'm not quite sure how I feel about the random talking in between songs this week.’

Pronunciation:

talking

/ˈtɔːkɪŋ/