One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reply defiantly or insolently.
answer back, answer defiantly, be impertinent, answer impertinently, be cheeky, be rude, contradict, argue with, disagree withView synonyms
- ‘He is the sort who talks back, but I think it is fine to have a bit of character.’
- ‘She does an impression of a tough gal waiting tables in a diner, wearing the uniform with the name-badge and feistily talking back to the guy serving up food through the hatch.’
- ‘Someone here said how their parents taught them to talk back if they disagreed with something.’
- ‘Venial sins were the small-time stuff: white lies and petty larceny, like talking back and stealing candy.’
- ‘Misbehavior can be talking back to a correctional officer.’
- ‘But the kids routinely must ask forgiveness from the school community for misbehavior: disrupting class, talking back to teachers, failing to do homework.’
- ‘So I turned to crimping my hair, wearing ripped up belly-shirts year-round, parading in knee high buckskin footwear, disrobing in poor taste and talking back to my momma.’
- ‘Hence you would never talk back to a teacher, in fact you wouldn't even dream of talking back to a teacher or being disrespectful in my days.’
- ‘Some supporter was shouting to him and he was talking back and I told him to calm down.’
- ‘We can't have them talking back to their government masters.’
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