talk·​a·​tive ˈtȯ-kə-tiv How to pronounce talkative (audio)
: given to talking
also : full of talk
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of talkative was in the 15th century

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“Talkative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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talk·​a·​tive ˈtȯ-kət-iv How to pronounce talkative (audio)
: fond of talking
talkativeness noun

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