vol·​u·​ble ˈväl-yə-bəl How to pronounce voluble (audio)
: easily rolling or turning : rotating
: characterized by ready or rapid speech : glib, fluent
volubility noun
volubleness noun
volubly adverb

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Voluble traces back to Latin volvere, meaning "to set in a circular course" or "to cause to roll." English rolled with that meaning, using voluble as an adjective to describe things easily rolling, changing, or turning, and later added the meaning of Latin volūbilis, which implies readily flowing speech. Today, voluble most often describes an individual who speaks easily and often.

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

Examples of voluble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite voluble threats by disgruntled users to move to alternative platforms – Mastadon, BlueSky or Meta’s new rival to Mr. Musk’s, Threads – none of them have yet reached the critical mass to replicate the public exposure that X offers. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Iran has expressed voluble support for Hamas since the war began. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Mongolian authorities have also allowed voluble expressions of opposition to Putin’s war within their country. Tuvshinzaya Gantulga, Foreign Affairs, 6 Oct. 2023 These events served as a sobering revelation: Putin had misjudged Prigozhin and his outrage, underestimating the danger posed by the voluble and volatile caterer turned mercenary commander. Tatiana Stanovaya, Foreign Affairs, 8 Aug. 2023 The show was set in the archetypal Wild West and centered on an itinerant cowboy-gunman named Dave Blassingame, whose occasional partner in mischief is a voluble gambler, Burgundy Smith. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2023 Marcelle and Charles’s voluble 28-year-old daughter Elodie (Carly Zien) never lacks for opinions and has been grappling with mental health challenges. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2023 Rose herself is not a voluble teller of such stories. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 The scenes with the students and their teacher, Mr. G., who is caught between his empathy and his rage against feminism, are stunningly funny; the former NFL star Marshawn Lynch plays him with a voluble conviction that keeps on giving. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English volible, voluble "able to turn, changing," borrowed from Latin volūbilis "turning on its axis, rolling, flowing, (of speech) readily flowing, fluent," from volū-, variant stem of volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll" + -bilis "capable (of acting) or worthy (of being acted upon)" — more at wallow entry 1, -able

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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“Voluble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluble. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


vol·​u·​ble ˈväl-yə-bəl How to pronounce voluble (audio)
: having a smooth and fast flow of words in speaking
volubility noun
volubly adverb

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