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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
Recent Examples of garrulous from the Web
Without altars, egos, or religious artifacts elsewhere in this sprawling, garrulous piece, audiences need an anchor as to what’s going on here and what the performance actually is.
Colin is the garrulous front man, pouring wine and ribbing guests.
The venerable St. Louis Symphony — in America, only the New York Philharmonic is older — has chosen Stéphane Denève to be its next music director, selecting a cheerful, garrulous Frenchman to follow the new-music champion David Robertson.
Grisham is garrulous and funny when talking about himself, much more so than the tone of rectitude in some of his books might suggest.
Gwen (amusingly garrulous and high-strung Deb Anderson) is similarly dissatisfied with her life as a stay-at-home mom.
Then there’s Tollund Man’s hair, which may end up being the most garrulous part of him.
Saunders’s witty and garrulous graveyard is filled with semi-spirits in a state of denial.
The heat from the wood stove makes the place all the more primal and garrulous.
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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."
Synonym Discussion of garrulous
GARRULOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of garrulous for English Language Learners
: tending to talk a lot : very talkative
GARRULOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of garrulous for Students
: very talkative
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