Simple Definition of garrulous
: tending to talk a lot : very talkative
Examples of garrulous in a sentence
Salman grew ever more garrulous as the yellow liquid in the bottle went down; Baal couldn't recall when he'd last heard anyone talk up such a storm. —Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses,1989
To an American reader in 1982, confronted with this garrulous, indefatigably quirky, I'm-just-typing-on-yellow-paper-and-associating-ideas-and-memories prose work of l936, such a judgment, by a presumably informed person, seems preposterous. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review,3 Oct. 1982
He was not garrulous by any means. On the contrary, there was a fine reserve in his manner toward the entire domestic economy of his life which was all that is comprehended by the popular term, gentlemanly. —Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie,1900
He became more garrulous after drinking a couple of beers.
<a garrulous boy who was in constant trouble for talking out of turn>
Did You Know?
English has many adjectives that share the meaning "given to talk" or "talking." "Talkative" may imply a readiness to talk or a disposition to enjoy conversation, while "loquacious" suggests the power of expressing oneself articulately, fluently, or glibly. "Voluble" suggests a free, easy, and unending talkativeness, and "garrulous" implies talkativeness that is dull, rambling, or tedious. "Garrulous," by the way, derives from the Latin verb garrire, which means (no surprise here) "to chatter" or "to babble."
Origin of garrulous
Latin garrulus, from garrire to chatter — more at care
First Known Use: circa 1611
Synonym Discussion of garrulous
GARRULOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of garrulous for Students
: very talkative
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