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[taw-kee] /ˈtɔ ki/
noun, Older Use.
Origin of talkie
1910-15, Americanism; talk + (mov)ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • When I was in the 'talkies,' I used to hear a lot about realism.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
British Dictionary definitions for talkies


(informal) an early film with a soundtrack Full name talking picture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for talkies



"motion picture with sound," 1913, from earlier talking picture (1908), from talk (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for talkies

talk someone's arm off

verb phrase

To address someone at very great length; gas: Donna talked his ear off (entry form 1833+, variant 1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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