Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
talk at (one)
To speak to one with the intention of communicating information or instruction, rather than allowing for a true dialogue between both parties. Don't just talk at your kids when you're showing them how to do something—get them to ask questions and really be involved in the process. I always just tune her out when the boss starts talking at us like that.
talk at someone
to say words at someone; to talk to someone in a desultory manner. You are just talking at her and she isn't paying attention. Talk to me, not at me. I want to communicate with you.
Speak to someone without regard for or interest in his or her reaction or response. For example, She had a way of talking at us that was quite unpleasant. [First half of 1800s]
To speak to someone without regard for or interest in a reaction or response: Don't talk at me—talk to me!