From Middle English talkynge, equivalent to talk + -ing.
talking (countable and uncountable, plural talkings)
- 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.
From Middle English talkyng, talkynge, equivalent to talk + -ing.
- present participle of talk