talk·​a·​tive | \ ˈtȯ-kə-tiv How to pronounce talkative (audio) \

Definition of talkative

: given to talking also : full of talk

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Other Words from talkative

talkatively adverb
talkativeness 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

Examples of talkative in a Sentence

Their little boy is very talkative. She was in a talkative mood.
Recent Examples on the Web This Scrooge is talkative, given to dark philosophical ramblings and cruel mind games. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "FX gives ‘Christmas Carol’ a grim tidings makeover," 14 Dec. 2019 Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Braxton, 6 and Bri'ya, 5 were spotted by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department personnel and were happy and talkative. CBS News, "Young siblings who vanished from their Florida front yard found safe after two days," 18 Dec. 2019 Hunter was joined at our scrum by his chief of staff, Joe Kasper, a hyperactive, talkative, former A-10 mechanic who lived on the constant give and take of congressional politics and would later become an assistant Navy secretary under Trump. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Duncan Hunter Did Something Right," 6 Dec. 2019 When Leslie Jackson Chihuly met the artist who would become her husband, Dale Chihuly was a firecracker — talkative, compelling, upbeat., "When Leslie Jackson Chihuly met the artist who would become her husband, Dale Chihuly was a firecracker — talkative, compelling, upbeat. “He was interested in everything. He wanted to look at vintage clothing. He wanted to talk about books,” she recalled of their first days 25 years ago.," 23 Oct. 2019 Affable and talkative, Crawford’s personality is reminiscent of Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Jimmy Greenfield,, "6 memorable moments from Day 2 of the Blackhawks Convention, including Patrick Kane getting burned and a 2010 Stanley Cup reunion," 27 July 2019 His total speaking time over the three-hour debate, according to The Washington Post, was a shade over seven minutes, less than a third of the time spent by the most talkative candidate, Elizabeth Warren. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Keep Your ‘Frenemies’ Closer," 16 Oct. 2019 Guignol, a talkative, impulsive character who is a cultural icon in France, was instantly recognizable to this boisterous crowd. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "The French Theaters Where the iPhone Is No Match for Guignol," 11 Nov. 2019 Beckham was his usual, talkative self and spent part of the time discussing his quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Odell Beckham talks about Baker Mayfield and their relationship: Berea Report (Video)," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of talkative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“Talkative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce talkative (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of talkative

: tending to talk a lot or to enjoy having conversations with people


talk·​a·​tive | \ ˈtȯ-kə-tiv How to pronounce talkative (audio) \

Kids Definition of talkative

: fond of talking

Other Words from talkative

talkativeness noun

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