Definition of garrulous
- garrulous speeches
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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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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."
First Known Use: circa 1611See Words from the same year
: tending to talk a lot : very talkative
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