lo·​qua·​cious | \ lō-ˈkwā-shəs How to pronounce loquacious (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for loquacious

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Soon his loquacious personality won him a job as a union committeeman. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "This UAW shop chairman is a GM truck dealer's best friend," 6 June 2020 There were other inversions, too: This normally loquacious child was having trouble with her words. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Sounding It Out," 25 May 2020 During the coronavirus crisis, Newsom has used curated posts on Facebook and Twitter to help fine-tune and distill messaging from his loquacious daily news conferences on the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "In the coronavirus crisis, Newsom uses social media to raise awareness of the pandemic — and his profile," 10 May 2020 The beef vindaloo was tasty and my companion was pleasing to the eye, although hardly loquacious. Ronan O’brien, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Affairs: He didn’t have a car. Was I more than just a ride?," 25 Apr. 2020 The loquacious San Francisco 49ers' cornerback always has a thought, opinion, retort, reply, instinct or handy harangue regarding just about anything. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Richard Sherman's voice is the wisest — and most compelling — voice at Super Bowl LIV," 29 Jan. 2020 But normally loquacious politicians will still have to keep silent, as their questions can only be submitted in writing. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Trump impeachment: Here’s how the trial’s Q&A sessions will work," 29 Jan. 2020 One of Richard Sherman’s favorite athletes is Muhammad Ali, the brash and loquacious heavyweight boxing champion. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Richard Sherman’s fiery leadership inspires 49ers’ title run," 25 Jan. 2020 From his office in Lethbridge, the loquacious 68-year-old leads Alberta’s much lauded, but never replicated, rat-control program. Washington Post, "Alberta, Canada: Rat-free for 70 years!," 28 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loquacious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of loquacious

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loquacious

Latin loquāc-, loquāx "talkative, verbose" (from loquī "to talk, speak" + -āc-, deverbal suffix denoting habitual or successful performance) + -ious — more at eloquent, audacious

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“Loquacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loquacious. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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: liking to talk and talking smoothly and easily

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