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talk (v.)

c. 1200, talken, probably a diminutive or frequentative form related to Middle English tale "story," and ultimately from the same source as tale (q.v.), with rare English formative -k (compare hark from hear, stalk from steal, smirk from smile) and replacing that word as a verb. East Frisian has talken "to talk, chatter, whisper." Related: Talked; talking.

To talk (something) up "discuss in order to promote" is from 1722. To talk shop is from 1854. To talk turkey is from 1824, supposedly from an elaborate joke about a swindled Indian.

Phrase talking head is by 1966 in the jargon of television production, "an in-tight closeup of a human head talking on television." In reference to a person who habitually appears on television in talking-head shots (usually a news anchor), by 1970. The phrase is used earlier, in reference to the well-known magic trick (such as Señor Wences's talking head-in-the-box "Pedro" on the "Ed Sullivan Show"), and to actual talking heads in mythology around the world (Orpheus, Bran).

talk (n.)

late 15c., "speech, discourse, conversation," from talk (v.). Meaning "informal lecture or address" is from 1859. Meaning "a subject of gossip" is from 1620s (in talk of the town). Talk show first recorded 1965; talk radio is from 1985.

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Definitions of talk from WordNet
1
talk (v.)
exchange thoughts; talk with;
We often talk business
Actions talk louder than words
Synonyms: speak
talk (v.)
express in speech;
She talks a lot of nonsense
Synonyms: speak / utter / mouth / verbalize / verbalise
talk (v.)
use language;
the baby talks already
Synonyms: speak
talk (v.)
reveal information;
If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!
Synonyms: spill
talk (v.)
divulge confidential information or secrets;
Be careful--his secretary talks
Synonyms: spill the beans / let the cat out of the bag / tattle / blab / peach / babble / sing / babble out / blab out
talk (v.)
deliver a lecture or talk;
She will talk at Rutgers next week
Synonyms: lecture
2
talk (n.)
an exchange of ideas via conversation;
let's have more work and less talk around here
Synonyms: talking
talk (n.)
discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of');
his poetry contains much talk about love and anger
talk (n.)
the act of giving a talk to an audience;
I attended an interesting talk on local history
talk (n.)
a speech that is open to the public;
Synonyms: lecture / public lecture
talk (n.)
idle gossip or rumor;
there has been talk about you lately
Synonyms: talk of the town
From wordnet.princeton.edu