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talking head

n. Slang
1. The image of a person, usually with only the head and upper body visible, talking to the camera, as in a documentary, news show, or similar work.
2. A person thus filmed.

talking head

n
(Broadcasting) (on television) a person, such as a newscaster, who is shown only from the shoulders up, and speaks without the use of any illustrative material

talk′ing head′


n.
a television or film closeup of a person who is talking, as in a documentary or interview.
[1965–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.talking head - a talker on television who talks directly into the cameras and whose upper body is all that is shown on the screentalking head - a talker on television who talks directly into the cameras and whose upper body is all that is shown on the screen
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
Translations
شَخْصِيَّه تِلْفِزْيونِيَّه
účastník televizní debaty
fjernsynsdebattør
műsorvezetőtévébemondó
osobnosť
televizyon ünlüsü kişi

talk

(toːk) verb
1. to speak; to have a conversation or discussion. We talked about it for hours; My parrot can talk (= imitate human speech).
2. to gossip. You can't stay here – people will talk!
3. to talk about. They spent the whole time talking philosophy.
noun
1. (sometimes in plural) a conversation or discussion. We had a long talk about it; The Prime Ministers met for talks on their countries' economic problems.
2. a lecture. The doctor gave us a talk on family health.
3. gossip. Her behaviour causes a lot of talk among the neighbours.
4. useless discussion; statements of things a person says he will do but which will never actually be done. There's too much talk and not enough action.
talkative (ˈtoːkətiv) adjective
talking a lot. a talkative person.
ˈtalking book noun
a book recorded on cassette or disc for blind people, for those with reading problems etc.
ˈtalking head noun
a TV personality.
ˈtalking-point noun
something to talk about; a subject, especially an interesting one. Football is the main talking-point in my family.
ˈtalk show noun
(American) a television or radio programme on which (usually famous) people talk to each other and are interviewed.
ˌtalking-ˈto noun
a talk given to someone in order to scold, criticize or blame them. I'll give that child a good talking-to when he gets home!
talk back (often with to)
to answer rudely. Don't talk back to me!
talk big
to talk as if one is very important; to boast. He's always talking big about his job.
talk down to
to speak to (someone) as if he/she is much less important, clever etc. Children dislike being talked down to.
talk (someone) into / out of (doing)
to persuade (someone) (not) to do (something). He talked me into changing my job.
talk over
to discuss. We talked over the whole idea.
talk round
1. to persuade. I managed to talk her round.
2. to talk about (something) for a long time without reaching the most important point. We talked round the question for hours.
talk sense/nonsense
to say sensible, or ridiculous, things. Don't talk nonsense; I do wish you would talk sense.
talk shop
to talk about one's work. We agreed not to talk shop at the party.
References in classic literature ?
Now there was fresh astonishment; now everyone's hair was standing on end with awe; and Don Antonio retiring from the head exclaimed, "This suffices to show me that I have not been deceived by him who sold thee to me, O sage head, talking head, answering head, wonderful head
Byrne, the singer/songwriter best known as the front man of Talking Heads, will bring his knowledge and passion for the music industry to the SoundExchange board.
Just dispense with the selfimportant talking heads in the studio and show what we were all seeing outside.
That said, the highlights were all Talking Heads numbers, from a laidback This Must Be The Place to a raucous Wild, Wild Night.
MONOLOGUE MASTERS: Talking Heads by Alan Bennett, above, will be performed by Moyra Miller, right, and Derek Smith, left, among other performers from Huddersfield Thespians
The most compelling parts of the book are when Byrne talks about his thinking when he was in Talking Heads or working on his still active solo career.
Talking Heads opens at the Loft Theatre tonight and runs until July 28.
I Fell is even more She Said-era Talking Heads with added hip hop beats.
Most of the talking heads are former players or coaches, seldom known for being articulate.
These roles were immortalised by Thora Hird and Patricia Routledge in the Talking Heads TV series, yet Daniels makes them very much her own.
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues (Warner Bros 1983)