vol·​u·​ble | \ ˈväl-yə-bəl How to pronounce voluble (audio) \

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 How to pronounce voluble (audio) \ noun
volubleness \ ˈväl-​yə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce voluble (audio) \ noun
volubly \ ˈväl-​yə-​blē How to pronounce voluble (audio) \ 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.

Examples of voluble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tony Walker, once a voluble boy who hoped to become a star jockey and instead became a taxi driver, said Apted was like a brother to him. New York Times, "What Happens Now to Michael Apted’s Lifelong Project ‘Up’?," 14 Jan. 2021 Romney, one of Trump’s most voluble critics in the Republican Party, offered a sharper rebuke of the outgoing GOP standard-bearer. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Romney likens hack to ‘Russian bombers flying undetected’ over US mainland," 17 Dec. 2020 His own history as a teacher was soon launched at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where visiting artist Clyfford Still, the venerable (and voluble) Abstract Expressionist, had a profound impact on his thinking about art. Los Angeles Times, "Roland Reiss dies at 91, leaving a 60-year legacy as L.A. artist and educator," 31 Dec. 2020 Dyson, a longtime Georgetown professor who will move to Vanderbilt University in January, is one of the nation’s most visible and voluble public intellectuals. Washington Post, "Black America, White violence and generations of unhealed wounds," 4 Dec. 2020 The voluble Comey is a contrast to Mueller, who's quite comfortable with short answers. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Robert Mueller does rare interview in 'Oath' podcast," 2 Dec. 2020 Perhaps the one genuinely surprising thing about this culminating controversy of the Trump era is how publicly quiet the voluble President has become. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Clown Coup Crisis," 20 Nov. 2020 So, the subsequent decision to delay the public release purely underscores that much of the voluble citizenry isn’t seeking an honest conversation about what actually happened. Hannah Meyers, Washington Examiner, "Bodycam footage isn't building bridges," 19 Nov. 2020 Predictably, Republicans took the weapon handed to them and used it, as Democrats would have done if a voluble faction on the right called for, say, abolishing child-welfare agencies. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Failure of Black Lives Matter," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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“Voluble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluble. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of voluble

formal : talking a lot in an energetic and rapid way

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