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[gar-uh-luh s, gar-yuh-] /ˈgær ə ləs, ˈgær yə-/
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
wordy or diffuse:
a garrulous and boring speech.
Origin of garrulous
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
1. prating, babbling. See talkative. 2. verbose, prolix.
1. reticent, uncommunicative, taciturn, close-mouthed. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for garrulous
  • Kids go from goo-goo to garrulous one step at a time.
  • Birds, which had erupted into a garrulous evensong at the first hints of the false twilight, were abruptly silent.
  • His garrulous, neurotic characters yammer on and on, their logorrhea half the fun (and often taking up more than half the space).
  • Most of the victims become garrulous, in effect talking themselves to death.
  • She is the kind of garrulous star witness dear to the hearts of showbiz historians and gossip mongers.
  • His poetry is garrulous, intellectually incisive and adjectivally rich.
  • But what the powerful disdain, the bookish and garrulous adore.
  • So far, suburban commutes seem to have a more garrulous nature as opposed to the purposeful isolation of subway riders.
  • Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.
  • Outgoing, ebullient and garrulous - often like his reviews - he loves restaurants and chefs.
British Dictionary definitions for garrulous


given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
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

chattering; babbling

Word Origin

Latin garrulus 'talkative''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for garrulous

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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