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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English talkynge, equivalent to talk +‎ -ing.


talking (countable and uncountable, plural talkings)

  1. The action of the verb talk.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant.
    • 1864–65, Anthony Trollope, Can You Forgive Her?
      He did not himself care for the loose little talkings, half flat and half sharp, of men when they meet together in idleness.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English talkyng, talkynge, equivalent to talk +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of talk
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