Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

talk back

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theytalk back
he/she/ittalks back
present participletalking back
past tensetalked back
past participletalked back

Related meanings

  1. to reply quickly and often rudely to something that someone says. This expression is used especially to describe children being rude to their parents
    talk back to:

    Melanie, don't talk back to your mother!

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of talk back
See also main entry: talk

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog