Last modified on 7 July 2013, at 12:49
- (idiomatic, transitive) To talk about (something or someone) to make it seem as good as possible or to draw positive attention to it.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To talk louder.
- (intransitive) To speak in a plain and candid way.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 19
- “Look here, friend,” said I, “if you have anything important to tell us, out with it; but if you are only trying to bamboozle us, you are mistaken in your game; that’s all I have to say.”
- And it’s said very well, and I like to hear a chap talk up that way; you are just the man for him—the likes of ye.
- (talk about something positively): The object of the verb is inserted between talk and up, as in talk someone up.