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

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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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.

Examples of voluble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dmitry Rogozin, the voluble leader of Russia's space corporation, will give an interview to a Russian space publication, and then Western news outlets will pick up whatever Rogozin says and leap to conclusions that are simply incorrect. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 Behind us was McCarron — tall, angular, stubbled — who was similarly voluble on the subject of trails. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Losing Johnson as a voluble centerpiece might be surmountable if Famuyiwa didn’t simultaneously lose any sense of pacing in what becomes a laundry list of great and important things Magic Johnson did. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 The voluble Pickens began his life in Oklahoma, the son of a landman who leased mineral rights from private landowners and sold them to oil companies. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 For once, Abouzeid said while laughing, the voluble Reynolds was at a loss for words. Joe Swickard, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2022 Now seventy, Kitchen is white-haired and voluble, with a slight Texas accent and an understated personal style. The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 The voluble American pro-Putin chorus has folded like a cheap suit. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 Dana White, the voluble president of the U.F.C., was one of many people who was surprised. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 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

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“Voluble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluble. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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