lo·​qua·​cious lō-ˈkwā-shəs How to pronounce loquacious (audio)
: full of excessive talk : wordy
: given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous
loquaciously adverb
loquaciousness noun

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Speaking About the Meaning of Loquacious

Loquacious undeniably has a certain poetic ring. It’s been a favorite of the writerly sort since it made its first appearance in English in the 17th century and, with poetic license, writers stretched its meaning beyond “talkative,” and especially “excessively talkative,” to describe such things as the chattering of birds and the babbling of brooks. The ultimate source of all this chattiness is loquī, a Latin verb meaning “to talk, speak.” Other words descended from loquī include colloquial, eloquent, soliloquy, and ventriloquism.

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Of the three systems, XPeng’s is by far the most loquacious and does a lot of talking. Mark Andrews, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024 While Sherman and Stone easily bantered, the usually witty and loquacious Kahan stood stone-still, giving wooden readings of his couple of short lines. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 25 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for loquacious 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of loquacious was in 1634


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“Loquacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loquacious. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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lo·​qua·​cious lō-ˈkwā-shəs How to pronounce loquacious (audio)
: very talkative
loquaciously adverb
loquaciousness noun

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