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voluble

[vol-yuh-buh l] /ˈvɒl yə bəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative:
a voluble spokesman for the cause.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin volūbilis which turns easily, flowing, equivalent to volū-, base of volvere to turn + -bilis -ble
Related forms
volubility, volubleness, noun
volubly, adverb
nonvolubility, noun
nonvoluble, adjective
nonvolubleness, noun
nonvolubly, adverb
unvoluble, adjective
unvolubleness, noun
unvolubly, adverb
Synonyms
articulate, garrulous, loquacious. See fluent.
Antonyms
taciturn.
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  • Normally a voluble critic of political and social mores, he emerged from confinement last month noticeably thinner and quieter.
  • He became as voluble in his admiration as he had been before in his reproof.
  • They're not voluble, and so that's all taken against them.
British Dictionary definitions for voluble

voluble

/ˈvɒljʊbəl/
adjective
1.
talking easily, readily, and at length; fluent
2.
(archaic) easily turning or rotating, as on an axis
3.
(rare) (of a plant) twining or twisting
Derived Forms
volubility, volubleness, noun
volubly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin volūbilis turning readily, fluent, from volvere to turn
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Word Origin and History for voluble
adj.

1570s, "liable to constant change," from French voluble, from Latin volubilis "that turns around, rolling, flowing, fluent" (of speech), from volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Meaning "fluent, talkative" first recorded 1580s. Related: Volubly.

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