Synonyms of talk in English:


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1‘I was talking to a friend who lives in the next town’


speak, give voice, chat

chatter, gossip, prattle, prate, babble, rattle on, blather, blether, orate

informal yak, gab, jaw, go on, chew the fat

British informal natter, rabbit, witter, chunter

North American informal rap, run off at the mouth

Australian NZ informal mag

2‘you're talking rubbish’


utter, speak, say, voice, express, articulate, pronounce, enunciate, verbalize, vocalize

3‘the music was quieter in here, and they were able to talk’


converse, communicate, speak to each other, discuss things, have a talk, have a chat, have a tête-à-tête, confer, consult each other

negotiate, have negotiations, parley, palaver

informal have a confab, chew the fat, chew the rag, jaw, rap

formal confabulate

4‘for all the love that he felt for her, and she him, they had never talked of marriage’


mention, make mention of, refer to, make reference to, speak about, discuss

5‘I was able to talk English’


speak, speak in, talk in, communicate in, converse in, express oneself in, discourse in, use

6‘nothing would make her talk’


confess, speak out, speak up, reveal all, inform, tell tales, tell, divulge information, tell the facts, give the game away, open one's mouth

informal come clean, blab, squeal, let the cat out of the bag, spill the beans, spill one's guts, grass, sing, rat

7‘we mustn't keep meeting like this—people will talk’


gossip, spread rumours, pass comment, make remarks, criticize


1‘he was bored with all this talk’


chatter, chatting, chattering, gossiping, prattling, prating, gibbering, jabbering, babbling, gabbling, rattling on, speaking, talking

informal yakking, gabbing

British informal nattering, rabbiting, wittering

2‘Polly felt in need of a talk with Vi, the person she turned to in an emergency’


conversation, chat, discussion, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, dialogue, colloquy, parley, powwow, consultation, conference, meeting

informal confab, jaw, chit-chat, rap, gossip

Australian informal convo

formal confabulation

3‘he held peace talks with his United Kingdom counterpart’


negotiations, discussions

conference, summit, meeting, consultation, dialogue, symposium, seminar, conclave, colloquy, palaver, parley

bargaining, haggling, wheeling and dealing

mediation, arbitration, intercession, conciliation

informal powwow

formal confabulation


4‘a firefighter giving a talk on her personal experiences’


lecture, speech, address, discourse, oration, presentation, report, sermon, disquisition, dissertation, symposium

informal spiel

5‘there was talk of a takeover’


gossip, rumour, hearsay, tittle-tattle, news, report

6‘the talk was of what their grandchildren were up to’


chat, conversation, discussion, gossip

subject, theme, topic

information, news

7‘baby talk’


speech, language, dialect, jargon, cant, slang, idiom, idiolect, patois, accent


informal lingo


    talk back

      ‘he was always talking back to Dad’


      answer back, answer defiantly, be impertinent, answer impertinently, be cheeky, be rude, contradict, argue with, disagree with

    talk big

      ‘Henry was new to the job but he was already talking big’


      brag, boast, crow, bluster, exaggerate


      blow one's own trumpet, shoot one's mouth off, swank, show off

      Australian NZ informal

      skite, big-note oneself

    talk something down

      1‘people constantly talk down the coal industry’


      denigrate, depreciate, deprecate, disparage, belittle, diminish, criticize


      knock, pan, put down

      2‘the last Lancaster bomber was talked down to safety after the raid’


      give landing instructions to, bring to land, help to land

    talk down to

      ‘students on the course were talked down to as though they were children’


      condescend to, patronize, treat condescendingly, speak condescendingly to, speak haughtily to, look down one's nose at, look down on, put down, be snobbish to

    talk someone into something

      ‘he talked her into parting with an art collection worth £30,000’


      persuade someone to, convince someone to, argue someone into, cajole someone into, coax someone into, bring someone round to, talk someone round to, inveigle someone into, wheedle someone into, sweet-talk someone into, influence someone to, prevail on someone to


      hustle, fast-talk

    talk someone out of something

      ‘I quickly talked him out of staying in Britain’


      dissuade from, persuade against, discourage from, deter from, stop, put off, advise against, urge against, divert from, argue out of

    talk someone round

      ‘he nearly did give up, and it was only mum who talked him round’


      persuade, prevail on, bring round, win over, influence, sway, convert, affect, bias

      manipulate, bend, mould

    talk something up

      ‘the film is being talked up for the awards season’


      promote, push, boost, hype, merchandise, publicize, advertise, give publicity to, give a puff to, puff, puff up, build up, bang the drum for, beat the drum for