talk down to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theytalk down to
he/she/ittalks down to
present participletalking down to
past tensetalked down to
past participletalked down to
  1. talk down to someone to talk to someone as if you think they are not as clever or important as you are

    Try not to talk down to your employees.

See also main entry: talk