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garrulous

[gar-uh-luh s, gar-yuh-] /ˈgær ə ləs, ˈgær yə-/
adjective
1.
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
2.
wordy or diffuse:
a garrulous and boring speech.
Origin of garrulous
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin garrulus talkative, garrulous, equivalent to garr(īre) to chatter + -ulus -ulous
Related forms
garrulously, adverb
garrulousness, noun
nongarrulous, adjective
nongarrulously, adverb
nongarrulousness, noun
ungarrulous, adjective
ungarrulously, adverb
ungarrulousness, noun
Synonyms
1. prating, babbling. See talkative. 2. verbose, prolix.
Antonyms
1. reticent, uncommunicative, taciturn, close-mouthed.
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garrulous

/ˈɡærʊləs/
adjective
1.
given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
2.
wordy or diffuse; prolix
Derived Forms
garrulously, adverb
garrulousness, garrulity (ɡæˈruːlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin garrulus, from garrīre to chatter
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Contemporary definitions for garrulous
adjective

chattering; babbling

Word Origin

Latin garrulus 'talkative'

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Word Origin and History for garrulous
adj.

1610s, from Latin garrulus "talkative," from garrire "to chatter," from PIE root *gar- "to call, cry," of imitative origin (cf. Greek gerys "voice, sound," Ossetic zar "song," Welsh garm, Old Irish gairm "noise, cry"). Related: Garrulously; garrulousness.

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