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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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  • A garrulous blue-winged jay chatters from the tall oak, and purple rooks are picking among the corn.

  • The constable drove on, talking on, garrulous as a guinea hen.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • And yet Macleod did not seem disposed to be garrulous about these new experiences of his; he was absorbed, and mostly silent.

    Macleod of Dare William Black
  • She kicked some sand with her bare toes, amongst the garrulous chickens.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • And being alone, he is not concise, but garrulous and discursive.

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning Stopford A. Brooke
  • It struck him as odd that the garrulous old forester had not returned.

  • No doubt there is justification enough for his suspicion in the exploits of pretentious and garrulous souls.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for garrulous

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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