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.
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