talking head

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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

(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′

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"
شَخْصِيَّه تِلْفِزْيونِيَّه
účastník televizní debaty
televizyon ünlüsü kişi


(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.
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
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.
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.
We salute their genius, not the talking head programme fillers.
I only regret the omission of Robertson Davies's use of the Talking Head tradition in The Deptford Trilogy).
It's true, but irrelevant (even though it's clear that the difference between political genius and MSNBC talking head lies in convincing a lot of older Jewish voters in Florida to mark their butterfly ballots for Pat Buchanan).
A huge portrait photograph of Jean Nouvel has been placed in what might best be described as Beaubourg's level +6 arrivals and departures lounge, where the route to his exhibition is indicated by a line-up of video screens displaying the same talking head -- Nouvel's -- discoursing on six different themes.
According to Davis, young people often feel their minister is little more than a talking head.
The talking head on the computer screen can smile, frown, or look perlexed.