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[gri-gair-ee-uh s] /grɪˈgɛər i əs/
fond of the company of others; sociable.
living in flocks or herds, as animals.
Botany. growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
pertaining to a flock or crowd.
Origin of gregarious
1660-70; < Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, equivalent to greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ārius -arious
Related forms
gregariously, adverb
gregariousness, noun
nongregarious, adjective
nongregariously, adverb
nongregariousness, noun
ungregarious, adjective
ungregariously, adverb
ungregariousness, noun
1. social, genial, outgoing, convivial, companionable, friendly, extroverted. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gregarious
  • These gregarious marine birds are among the world's smallest penguins .
  • Hornbills are large gregarious birds that mate for life.
  • The problem was that her gregarious confidence vanished in social settings.
  • As some silk researchers see it, if spiders were gregarious vegetarians, the world might be a different place.
  • She lived and dressed elegantly, was straightforward and gregarious.
  • We humans are a gregarious species; we like to mingle with other humans.
  • For a shy man, his gregarious generosity of spirit was remarkable.
  • Completing the circle, gregarious people are under constant and greater social pressures to maintain various behavioral standards.
  • Secondly, he was not a gregarious man and he was in many ways a pessimist with some paranoiac tendencies.
  • Yet the lonely, searching poet could also be almost gregarious.
British Dictionary definitions for gregarious


enjoying the company of others
(of animals) living together in herds or flocks Compare solitary (sense 6)
(of plants) growing close together but not in dense clusters
of, relating to, or characteristic of crowds or communities
Derived Forms
gregariously, adverb
gregariousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, from grex flock
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Word Origin and History for gregarious

1660s, "living in flocks" (of animals), from Latin gregarius "pertaining to a flock; of the herd, of the common sort, common," from grex (genitive gregis) "flock, herd," reduplication of PIE root *ger- "to gather together, assemble" (cf. Greek ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" Old Church Slavonic grusti "handful;" Lithuanian gurgulys "chaos, confusion," gurguole "crowd, mass"). Sense of "sociable" first recorded 1789. Related: Gregariously; gregariousness.

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