Definition of smooth talk in English:

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smooth talk


[mass noun]
Charming or flattering language, especially when used to persuade someone to do something.
Example sentences
  • His name was Val, he had a wife somewhere, and he thought he was irresistible to the ladies, with his stylish toupee, his swagger, his smooth talk in both French and English, and his shiny new cars.
  • Despite Bush's smooth talk in New York yesterday, his position remains that America does not need a ‘permission slip’ from anybody to do anything.
  • I knew how close Andy and Vicki were, and I knew that Andy was the one that had been warning her against my smooth talk.


(smooth-talk) [with object] informal
Use charming or flattering language to persuade (someone) to do something: don’t try to smooth-talk me
More example sentences
  • The momentum is maintained throughout, with 007 pitted against yet more villains intent on world domination, armed with his usual array of glib one-liners, smooth-talking charm and life-saving gadgets.
  • An 82-year-old widow who lost more than £14,000 when a smooth-talking con man convinced her she had won a huge windfall on the Canadian lottery warned other people not to be taken in.
  • This time around it's Jude Law who shows us the sexy as a smooth-talking philanderer in a modern day version of the classic.
persuasive, plausible, credible, silver-tongued, smooth-tongued, smooth-spoken, slick, glib, eloquent, fast-talking, suave, ingratiating, silky, unctuous, obsequious, fawning, sycophantic, flattering
informal smarmy



Example sentences
  • Neither a Texan nor a lifelong Bushie, he earned his stripes during the Florida election mess by becoming the campaign's tropical smooth-talker.
  • He's a smooth talker and tells them what they want to hear.
  • He's a smooth talker, a real con man. He knows exactly how to play the cards.

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