Definition of talking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtôkiNG/


1Engaging in speech.
Example sentences
  • The best part of the movie are the Ents - big, talking trees.
  • Kent Association for the Blind wants an editor for its talking newspaper for Dartford.
  • I never stopped dreaming that one day I would be crossing a bridge and a talking troll would be underneath.
1.1(Of an animal or object) able to make sounds similar to those of speech: the world’s greatest talking bird
More example sentences
  • Yap had talked about his encounter with a magical talking fish who took him beneath the ocean and made him Lord of the Seas.
  • Needless to say the female customer at the bar was shocked by the insolent talking beast.
  • But her biggest role came opposite a talking gorilla in Congo.
1.2Silently expressive: he did have talking eyes
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  • 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.


The action of talking; speech or discussion: I’ll do the talking—you just back me up
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  • We chatted for a while and the chatting moved quite smoothly, well as smoothly as talking can when there is competing loud music.
  • A small part of the surveyees said they had been subject to sexual harassment through the telephone or direct talking.
  • The issue of whether sport and politics should mix is a thorny one which endless talking will not smooth out.


talking of ——

While we are on the subject of —— (said when one is reminded of something by the present topic of conversation): talking of cards, you’d better take a couple of my business cards
More example sentences
  • And talking of walks in the park, that's exactly what I plan for this weekend - a work-free couple of days including some pleasant strolling in the summer sun, with phones switched off and computers unplugged.
  • And talking of lives depending on it - if you sponsor me to run for the British Red Cross you will be helping to bring drinking water to Africa, helping people in war torn parts of the world and bringing relief to those in crisis.
  • And talking of politicians, as someone who is generally soberly dressed and because my day-job involves mixing with them, I am sometimes mistaken for one… a politician that is.

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Syllabification: talk·ing

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