garrulous

adjective gar·ru·lous \ ˈger-ə-ləs , ˈga-rə- also ˈger-yə- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of garrulous

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

garrulously

adverb

garrulousness

noun

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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 RushdieThe Satanic Verses1989
  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 OatesNew York Times Book Review3 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 DreiserSister Carrie1900
  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

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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."

Origin and Etymology of 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 1care.

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 English Language Learners

garrulous

adjective

Definition of garrulous for English Language Learners

  • : tending to talk a lot : very talkative


GARRULOUS Defined for Kids

garrulous

adjective gar·ru·lous \ ˈger-ə-ləs \

Definition of garrulous for Students

: very talkative


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