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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.
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talking head

(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
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talk′ing head′

a television or film closeup of a person who is talking, as in a documentary or interview.
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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"
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(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.
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.
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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!
Part manifesto, part residual accumulation of our national game of "telephone" that endlessly scurries across social media platforms, Cease is evocative in its descriptions, provocative in its conclusions, and as timely as the text crawl beneath your favorite talking head.
TALKING Head David Byrne has extended his American Utopia world tour with an Arena date.
It was typical 'talking head' stuff, interspersed with classic clips, but when the talking heads are people like Steve Coogan, Armando Ianucci and Patrick Marber, they're worth listening to.
It could b e concluded that 3D talking-head with spoken text and on-screen text MALL, which combines visual information in the form of 3D talking-head and verbal information in the form of spoken text audio and on-screen text display promote better pronunciation learning, instead of one of the element is removed (i.e., talking head or on-screen text).
TALKING HEADS: LOFT THEATRE, LEAMINGTON THERE'S plenty to talk about as the Loft Theatre in Leamington rounds off its summer season tonight with Alan Bennett's popular Talking Head monologues.
A columnist for Congressional Quarterly and a familiar TV talking head, Crawford has gone a few rounds in the ring himself.
The teacher should abdicate the "talking head" role and replace it with one that encourages and validates pupil owners
(I only regret the omission of Robertson Davies's use of the Talking Head tradition in The Deptford Trilogy).
The genius of Cohen's approach is that he accomplishes more as a moron than he could as a smartass, lampooning the vacuity of talking head TV and startling his guests into dropping their sound bites.
The follow-up to McWhorter's Losing the Race--as opposed to his pop-linguistics book, The Power of Babel--Authentically Black suffers from the same shortcoming as Losing the Race, which is to say, Mcwhorter's almost radical inability to meaningfully apply any concepts gleaned from his day-job as a linguist to his sideline as a neo-conservative talking head. Much like Losing the Race, Authentically Black's most intriguing bits have to do with language--a novel analysis of Randall Kennedy and the n-word, a nice pitch for substituting Mende for Swahili as the Afrocentric African language of choice.