Definition of talking in English:

talking

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Engaging in speech.

    • ‘I never stopped dreaming that one day I would be crossing a bridge and a talking troll would be underneath.’
    • ‘It's a pity we can't ask his opinion, or at least the talking computer.’
    • ‘They've fashioned together the first talking heart rate recorder, like a polar monitor, only better.’
    • ‘According to a recent Reuters report, Italian winemakers are about to market wines that come with a talking label.’
    • ‘We were being processed for flight by a talking orange.’
    • ‘If nothing else Laois manager Mick O'Dwyer is a straight talking man.’
    • ‘The promotion is based around the customer being able to win unusual talking radios which have an alarm like a crowing rooster.’
    • ‘Kent Association for the Blind wants an editor for its talking newspaper for Dartford.’
    • ‘The best part of the movie are the Ents - big, talking trees.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘There's betrayal, murder, raucous feasts, flamenco dancing and the occasional talking tree.’
    • ‘I felt like a talking dictionary explaining the meaning of the word.’
    • ‘The talking portions for the movie starring the physically challenged dancer Kutty have been completed.’
    • ‘With 12 feet of rain per year, Mission Beach residents have plenty of talking time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While all the talking portions have been completely shot and edited, two more songs are being shot in New Zealand for Arul.’
    • ‘I almost always like the talking part, just because I think people are interesting.’
    1. 1.1 (of an animal or object) able to make sounds similar to those of speech.
      ‘the world's greatest talking bird’
      • ‘She was with a talking cat and dog, an warrior, a witch, and a water sprite.’
      • ‘But her biggest role came opposite a talking gorilla in Congo.’
      • ‘Needless to say the female customer at the bar was shocked by the insolent talking beast.’
      • ‘In fact, it probably dawns on one of them that they just might have a talking frog on their hands.’
      • ‘But think about it: did you really think a movie about a talking pig would be any good?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Matsa squirmed to look at what had pinned him to the ground, hoping it wasn't a talking goose.’
      • ‘Planet of the Apes follows the original storyline only insofar as there are talking apes.’
      • ‘The jury were staring like they'd never seen a talking cat before.’
      • ‘Hints of Alice In Wonderland crept in with talking rabbits, trees and apples.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Flashback sequences, talking dogs and stuttering pictures add to the general air of unease which the film carries.’
      • ‘The books are filled with talking dogs, angels, spirits, ghosts, demons and death.’
      • ‘He was dressed flamboyantly in bright and many coloured Mendai robes, and carried a talking parrot seated on his shoulder.’
      • ‘Since when did we suspend enough belief to actually buy into talking cows?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A crowd puller at the Park with his Kitty, magic and wit, Vinod says that children are bewildered by a talking monkey.’
    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

  • The action of talking; speech or discussion.

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

Pronunciation:

talking

/ˈtôkiNG/