Definition of gregarious
- is friendly, outgoing, and gregarious
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She is outgoing and gregarious.
a gregarious child who ran up to every person on the playground and wanted to be their friend
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When you're one of the herd, it's tough to avoid being social. The etymology of gregarious reflects the social nature of the flock; in fact, the word grew out of the Latin noun grex, meaning "herd" or "flock." When it first began appearing in English texts in the 17th century, "gregarious" was applied mainly to animals, but by the 18th century it was being used for social human beings as well. By the way, "grex" gave English a whole flock of other words too, including "egregious," "aggregate," "congregate," and "segregate."
: enjoying the company of other people
biology : tending to live in groups
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