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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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TALK, verb intransitive tauk.

1. To converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.

I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you; but I will not eat with you.

In Aesop's time

When all things talk'd, and talk'd in rhyme.

I will come down and talk with thee. Numbers 11:17.

Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way? Luke 24:14.

2. To prate; to speak impertinently.

3. To talk of, to relate; to tell; to give account. Authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra.

The natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done.

So shall I talk of thy wondrous works. Psalms 119:27.

4. To speak; to reason; to confer.

Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Jeremiah 12:1.

To talk to, in familiar language, to advise or exhort; or to reprove gently. I will talk to my son respecting his conduct.

TALK, noun tauk. Familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered by one person in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more.

Should a man full of talk be justified? Job 11:2.

In various talk th' instructive hours they past.

1. Report; rumor.

I hear a talk up and down of raising money.

2. Subject of discourse. This noble achievement is the talk of the whole town.

3. Among the Indians of North America, a public conference, as respecting peace or war, negotiation and the like; or an official verbal communication made from them to another nation or its agents, or made to them by the same.

TALK, a mineral. [See Talck.]