gar·​ru·​lous | \ ˈger-ə-ləs How to pronounce garrulous (audio) , ˈga-rə- also ˈger-yə- \

Definition of garrulous

1 : given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
2 : wordy sense 1 garrulous speeches

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garrulously adverb
garrulousness noun

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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

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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."

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
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Recent Examples on the Web An act of dishonesty by Musa, a gentle Egyptian immigrant who drives a cab in this American city, has enraged Sheri, an impulsive, garrulous waitress with a different background. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Distinctive characters energize Mosaic Theater’s ‘Pilgrims Musa & Sheri’," 22 Jan. 2020 Intrusive and insistent, Terry is a clearly a Machiavellian stalker with sinister motives, but Fairbrass makes him a persuasively charismatic anti-hero on screen, his garrulous charm backed up by passive-aggressive menace. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Muscle': Film Review," 25 Dec. 2019 And eventually, Frank will meet Hoffa (Pacino), by turns garrulous and inscrutable, a leader of men who doesn’t always walk the straight and narrow. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Martin Scorsese’s Masterful The Irishman Is a Moving Portrait of Betrayal and Regret," 28 Sep. 2019 Che a soulful, poetic introvert, Fidel a manically garrulous extrovert—but possessed the same revolutionary zeal. Lisette Poole, Smithsonian, "Roaring Through Cuba With Che Guevara’s Son," 24 Oct. 2019 Completing the cast are Paul Breazeale as the cheerful young owner of the villa and Andrea Goss Knaub, a show swiper as the garrulous Italian servant who clouds her disdain by conversing solely in her native language. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: An “Enchanted” comedy in Newport," 24 Sep. 2019 If garrulous over-talkers can train themselves to be energetic and active listeners, their annoying habit will gradually shift. The Oregonian/oregonlive, al, "Ask Amy: Loud-talking wife verbally dominates conversations; sounds like she needs a listening stick," 22 Apr. 2019 The hat has become a symbol of us vs. them, of exclusion and suspicion, of garrulous narcissism, of white male privilege, of violence and hate. Washington Post, "The MAGA hat is not a statement of policy. It’s an inflammatory declaration of identity.," 17 Aug. 2019 The local press, lively and garrulous in the past, has taken on a somewhat muted quality when reporting on subjects of high sensitivity to Beijing. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Hong Kong’s Flickering Hopes for Freedom," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of garrulous

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garrulous

borrowed from Latin garrulus, from garrīre "to chatter, talk rapidly" (probably of imitative origin) + -ulus, deverbal suffix denoting inclination or repetitive action (going back to Indo-European -l-, participial suffix) — more at -ous

Note: For possible relation to a proposed Indo-European base *ǵeh2r-, see care entry 1.

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“Garrulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of garrulous

: tending to talk a lot : very talkative


gar·​ru·​lous | \ ˈger-ə-ləs How to pronounce garrulous (audio) \

Kids Definition of garrulous

: very talkative

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