back talk

an impudent response; impudence.


rudeness, insolence, impertinence, cheek, sass. Unabridged


verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to answer back.

1855–60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

"impertinent retort," 1858, originally often used in literary attempts at low Irish idiom, from back (adj.) + talk.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
If you do not get the answer you are looking for call back talk to someone else.
Chores were to be completed without a word of back talk.
He appreciates back talk and expects to be entertained.
If he ever stands for any back talk or shows a streak of yellow he's through, an might as well quite.
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