lo·​qua·​cious | \lō-ˈkwā-shəs \

Definition of loquacious 

1 : full of excessive talk : wordy

2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous

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Other Words from loquacious

loquaciously adverb
loquaciousness 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

Speaking About the Meaning of Loquacious

When you hear or say loquacious, you might notice that the word has a certain poetic ring. In fact, poets quickly snatched up loquacious soon after its debut in 1656 and, with poetic license, stretched its meaning to include such things as the chattering of birds and the babbling of brooks. In less poetic uses, loquacious usually means "excessively talkative." The ultimate source of all this chattiness is loqui, a Latin verb meaning "to speak." Other words descended from loqui include colloquial, eloquent, soliloquy, and ventriloquism.

Examples of loquacious in a Sentence

… long-cultivated dislikes and resentments, combined with a general expectation of coming apocalypse. He talked about these topics in a manner that managed to be tight-lipped and loquacious at the same time. — Ian Frazier, New Yorker, 22 & 29 Dec. 2003 … the flaw of the genre is not in betraying the loquacious John Williams and the chatty Father Foucquet, but in failing to schedule an interview with the reticent Eunice Williams and the tongue-tied John Hu. — Jill Lepore, Journal of American History, June 2001 With a wonderful memory for detail, this talkative woman—who my father said never forgets anything—became truly loquacious. — Joseph A. Amato, Dust, 2000 a loquacious and glib politician the loquacious host of a radio talk show One of our neighbors, a man named (let's say) Len Dodd, parked his car there, too. Len Dodd had moved here from Southern California, where he had been a policeman. He had been inspired to move by various long-cultivated dislikes and resentments, combined with a general expectation of coming apocalypse. He talked about these topics in a manner that managed to be tight-lipped and loquacious at the same time. —"By the Road" P. 108, Ian Frazier, THE NEW YORKER Vol. LXXIX No. 40, December 22 & 29, 2003 Fern, who had now owned Jebediah Dickinson for some weeks, had little to say, which was unusual for the loquacious teacher among three of her former students who saw her as one of the primary influences in their lives. —“Chapter 9” P. 286, THE KNOWN WORLD, Edward P. Jones, Amistad, Harper Collins Publishers, NY, NY 813.54 J66 © 2003 Some people are phlegmatic, some highly strung. Some are anxious, others risk-seeking. Some are confident, others shy. Some are quiet, others loquacious. We call these differences personality, a word that means more than just character. It means the innate and individual element in character. —“Personality” P. 161, GENOME, Matt Ridley, HarperCollins Pub. 599.9 R43g 1999 As for the usually loquacious Arianna, her only public comment was gracious but uncharacteristically low-key. “I wish him well,” she said, “and my only concern is that he is a good father to our children.” —“Pols” P. 114, Bill Hewitt et al., PEOPLE WEEKLY Vol. 50 No. 23, December 21, 1998
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The loquacious linebacker often stammered when answering questions on sensitive topics, and those questions often had to do with his decreased playing time. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Did Eagles or Mychal Kendricks have the right evaluation of his abilities? | Jeff McLane," 23 May 2018 Jacobson frequently read her book about Milfred at area libraries and elementary schools accompanied by the colorful and loquacious bird. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "No more jarring 'cock-a-doodle-doos,' but beloved rooster Milfred will live on, stuffed by taxidermist," 3 July 2018 The typically loquacious Cruz went silent for a remarkable 18 seconds. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy," 7 June 2018 Sandoval was always, from his rookie season on, a loud, laughing, loquacious presence. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Sandoval’s return to Giants: From sentimental to genius," 22 June 2018 Her father had been a computer-science professor and her mother had been a salesclerk, but their success in those former roles had hinged on being loquacious and witty in their native language, none of which translated into English. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 These breakout scenes allow the rest of the play to take place at a leisurely, loquacious, lower-energy pace that fits the normalcy of the characters. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 There are few things that can make a sextet of generally loquacious actors freeze up faster than an open-ended question about gender pay parity. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Don't Let the Business Kill the Love": The Drama Actor Roundtable," 31 May 2018 But loquacious guys appearing out of the darkness and making strange requests of hard-working drivers do not usually bode well. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "In Strawdog Theatre's 'Damascus,' a shuttle driver is taken for a creepy ride," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of loquacious

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loquacious

Latin loquac-, loquax, from loqui to speak

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: liking to talk and talking smoothly and easily

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