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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Of the issues Joshua Wong has faced during his time as an activist—harassment by Chinese state media, travel bans, and disqualification from local politics—the loquacious dissident rarely suffers a loss for words. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Hong Kong Protest Icon Is Jailed," 2 Dec. 2020 Animal lovers will rejoice at the numerous loquacious critters featured in the cartoons. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Giving thanks for the 10 best books of November 2020," 16 Nov. 2020 Silver-haired and loquacious, Mr. Schiff, 57, runs several investment funds and has been a commentator on cable news shows for more than a decade, along with hosting a podcast. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Chasing Illicit Money, Global Officials Circle a Puerto Rican Firm," 19 Oct. 2020 Yet there were other reasons that the once loquacious motor-mouth Biden never really campaigned. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Strangest Campaign in History?," 29 Sep. 2020 There is also the fact that LaMelo brings his share of distractions, particularly thanks to his loquacious dad. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "LaMelo Ball on father LaVar’s criticism of fit with Warriors: ‘I’m my own man’," 28 Sep. 2020 By that standard, Democrats might have braced for a stemwinder of an acceptance speech Thursday night, given Biden's loquacious nature. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "The setting was the message: For Democrats, a stark convention for a stark moment," 22 Aug. 2020 Clinton's address at the virtual convention will be limited to just five minutes — hardly enough time for the famously loquacious Clinton to get warmed up. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, "After years of big moments, Bill Clinton's DNC role shrinks," 18 Aug. 2020 If the loquacious Anderson leads your tasting, be prepared to block out a few hours. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Anderson’s Conn Valley: a humble home near Howell Mountain," 13 Aug. 2020

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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 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loquacious

: liking to talk and talking smoothly and easily

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