Etymology [ tok ] (verb.) 13th century. Middle English talken, talkien 'to speak with, converse', frequentative of Middle English talen, talien 'to speak, recount', from Old English talian 'to suppose, reckon', from Proto-Germanic *talōjanan 'to count, reckon' (compare Old Frisian talia, German zählen 'to count', Danish tale 'to speak'), from *talō(n) 'talk'. More at tale.
Frequentative -k suffix similar to hark from hear. Akin to Eastern Frisian talken 'to chat', Low Saxon Talk 'talk'.
Synonyms accost, allocution, allusion, argot, argue, argument, articulate, babble, badinage, banter, be in contact, blather, bombast, broach, bunk, buzz, cant, canvass, carry on conversation, chalk talk
Antonyms listening, silence, listen, refrain, refuse
Tenses talks, talking, talked