gar·​ru·​lous ˈger-ə-ləs How to pronounce garrulous (audio)
 also  ˈger-yə-
: given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
: wordy sense 1
garrulous speeches
garrulously adverb
garrulousness noun

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Garrulous is a 17th century Latin borrowing that has its origin in garrīre, meaning "to chatter, talk rapidly." That Latin root is probably imitative in origin—that is, it was coined to imitate what it refers to. English has a number of words that are imitative in origin, among them several others that describe ways of talking, such as babble and chatter.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 1936, 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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Word History


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.

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of garrulous was circa 1611


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“Garrulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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gar·​ru·​lous ˈgar-ə-ləs How to pronounce garrulous (audio)
: overly talkative
garrulously adverb
garrulousness noun

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