Definition of talkie in English:

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talkie

Pronunciation: /ˈtôkē/

noun

informal
A movie with a soundtrack, as distinct from a silent film.
Example sentences
  • There were several silents, several early talkies and 15 other films between 1935-49 about Louis Vance's Michael Lanyard, the jewel thief-turned hero.
  • In the 1930s, monster movies were the staples of Universal Pictures' line-up, a cash cow as the industry metamorphosed from silent films to talkies.
  • Like many early talkies, this film alternates between stretches of awkward pantomime and stretches of clumsy dialogue.

Origin

Early 20th century (in the phrase the talkies): from talk, on the pattern of movie.

Words that rhyme with talkie

balky, chalky, corky, gawky, Gorky, Milwaukee, pawky, porky, walkie-talkie

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Syllabification: talk·ie

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