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adjective gar·ru·lous \ˈger-ə-ləs, ˈga-rə- also ˈger-yə-\

Simple Definition of garrulous

  • : tending to talk a lot : very talkative

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of garrulous

  1. 1 :  given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity :  pointlessly or annoyingly talkative

  2. 2 :  wordy 1 <garrulous speeches>

garrulously adverb
garrulousness noun

Examples of garrulous in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. He became more garrulous after drinking a couple of beers.

  5. <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

talkative, loquacious, garrulous, voluble mean given to talk or talking. talkative may imply a readiness to engage in talk or a disposition to enjoy conversation <a talkative neighbor>. loquacious suggests the power of expressing oneself articulately, fluently, or glibly <a loquacious spokesperson>. garrulous implies prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity <garrulous traveling companions>. voluble suggests a free, easy, and unending loquacity <a voluble raconteur>.

GARRULOUS Defined for Kids


adjective gar·ru·lous \ˈger-ə-ləs\

Definition of garrulous for Students

  1. :  very talkative

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