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

  • Janzen, for his part, was as taciturn as his friend Bache was garrulous.

  • 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
  • This garrulous body, old Dinah Wilson, was talking as Hugh entered.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • And being alone, he is not concise, but garrulous and discursive.

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning Stopford A. Brooke
  • His secretiveness only makes me like him the more, probably because I myself am so garrulous.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • 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


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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