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[taw-kuh-tiv] /ˈtɔ kə tɪv/
inclined to talk a great deal:
One drink and she became very talkative.
Origin of talkative
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see talk, -ative
Related forms
talkatively, adverb
talkativeness, noun
nontalkative, adjective
nontalkatively, adverb
nontalkativeness, noun
overtalkative, adjective
overtalkatively, adverb
overtalkativeness, noun
untalkative, adjective
wordy, verbose, prolix. Talkative, garrulous, loquacious characterize a person who talks a great deal. Talkative is a neutral or mildly unfavorable word applied to a person who is inclined to talk a great deal, sometimes without significance: a talkative child. The garrulous person talks with wearisome persistence, usually about personal and trivial things: a garrulous old man. A loquacious person, intending to be sociable, talks continuously and at length: a loquacious host. Unabridged
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  • Yes, and that seems to be independent of how talkative mothers are or how smiley mothers are.
  • It's odd that in such a quiet society that you find such talkative street people.
  • Although he was dead, he was pleasant and talkative.
  • Neither of these two monumental lovers were known for being particularly talkative.
  • When he is in a rare talkative mood, he utters a few sentences.
  • Lord long ago decided that a talkative ship is better than a tight one.
  • As happy and as talkative as she was, her head rested on a pillow in her wheelchair, her arms and legs limp in her pink pajamas.
  • Mimi's has fewer customers, and they are less talkative.
  • The people are usually friendly and talkative- no one seems miserable in their jobs.
  • Her wit, for want of teaching, makes her impertinent and talkative.
British Dictionary definitions for talkative


given to talking a great deal
Derived Forms
talkatively, adverb
talkativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for talkative

mid-15c.; see talk + -ive. Related: Talkatively; talkativeness.

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