vol·​u·​ble | \ˈväl-yə-bəl \

Definition of voluble 

1 : easily rolling or turning : rotating

2 : characterized by ready or rapid speech : glib, fluent

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Other Words from voluble

volubility \ˌväl-​yə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
volubleness \ˈväl-​yə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
volubly \ˈväl-​yə-​blē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for voluble

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

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English has many terms for gabby types, but it's important to choose the right word to get across what kind of chatterbox you mean. Talkative usually implies a readiness to engage in talk or a disposition to enjoy conversation. Loquacious generally suggests the power to express oneself fluently, articulately, or glibly, but it can also mean "talking excessively." Garrulous is even stronger in its suggestion of excessive talkativeness; it is most often used for tedious, rambling talkers. Voluble describes an individual who speaks easily and often.

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In Huitzuco, a town in the lawless state of Guerrero, Mario Vergara, a slightly built, voluble man nicknamed the Atomic Ant, pores over medical books, training himself to recognize bones of the human skeleton. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Nicolas Bijan, the proprietor of Bijan, the famed appointment-only boutique in Beverly Hills, is a smooth, voluble host. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 This voluble pair will move on from Viceland after signing a deal with Showtime to host that network’s first weekly talk show. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘CMT Crossroads’," 28 June 2018 Fluid and voluble and intuitively connected, Mr. Marsalis’s longtime quartet is a down-the-center post-bop band with decades of jazz history built into its style. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 For as long as the White House has existed, its star occupants have inspired a voluble mix of demonstrations, insults and satire. Paul Schwartzman And Josh Dawsey, chicagotribune.com, "'It's burning people out': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies around D.C.," 9 July 2018 The main one brings together the laconic middle-aged lesbian Otto (Patrena Murray) and her hyperactive, voluble 16-year-old roommate, Bit (Reyna de Courcy), an odd couple thrown together by the arbitrary gods who rule Off Off Broadway. New York Times, "Review: More Than the Couples Are Odd in ‘The Hollower’," 25 May 2018 Among Holmes’s most voluble fans were Sens. John McCain and Joe Biden, CNBC star Jim Cramer, and former Secretary of State George Shultz. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "7 questions to watch after criminal charges filed in the Theranos saga," 18 June 2018 Most are covered only by Cuba's state-run press, and unlike the voluble Fidel Castro, the president rarely takes questions or breaks from brief prepared remarks. Andrea Rodriguez And Michael Weissenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "Diaz-Canel crafts new public persona as Cuban president," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of voluble

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for voluble

Middle English, from Latin volubilis, from volvere to roll; akin to Old English wealwian to roll, Greek eilyein to roll, wrap

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: talking a lot in an energetic and rapid way

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