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

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 it made its first appearance in English in the 17th century 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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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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