gregarious

[gri-gair-ee-uhs]
adjective
1.
fond of the company of others; sociable.
2.
living in flocks or herds, as animals.
3.
Botany. growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
4.
pertaining to a flock or crowd.

Origin:
1660–70; < Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, equivalent to greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ārius -arious

gregariously, adverb
gregariousness, noun
nongregarious, adjective
nongregariously, adverb
nongregariousness, noun
ungregarious, adjective
ungregariously, adverb
ungregariousness, noun


1. social, genial, outgoing, convivial, companionable, friendly, extroverted.
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gregarious (ɡrɪˈɡɛərɪəs)
 
adj
1.  enjoying the company of others
2.  Compare solitary (of animals) living together in herds or flocks
3.  (of plants) growing close together but not in dense clusters
4.  of, relating to, or characteristic of crowds or communities
 
[C17: from Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, from grex flock]
 
gre'gariously
 
adv
 
gre'gariousness
 
n

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gregarious
1668, "living in flocks" (of animals), from L. gregarius, from grex (gen. gregis) "flock, herd," reduplication of PIE base *gere- "to gather together, assemble" (cf. Gk. ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" O.C.S. grusti "handful;" Lith. gurgulys "chaos, confusion, gurguole "crowd, mass"). Sense
of "sociable" first recorded 1789.
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Example sentences
Learning how to balance necessary solitude and necessary gregariousness.
The conflict between a natural gregariousness and the solitude of writing never quite resolved for him.
In its gregariousness, they found security against nativist hostility.
Sociability and gregariousness are key characteristics of our species.
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