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

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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

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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 Warren had a full five minutes less speaking time than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the most voluble candidate of the night. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'Didn't fight hard enough': Warren admits to weak New Hampshire debate," 8 Feb. 2020 Trump’s defenders delight in denying facts in the historical record, facts put there by the words of Trump himself, his chief of staff, his voluble attorney Rudy Giuliani, and a slew of witnesses who testified under oath. BostonGlobe.com, "Wednesday was an historic day. On that much, the president and the lawmakers who would vote to impeach him agree.," 19 Dec. 2019 Though Frank tells, in a voluble voice-over and an on-camera narration, the story of his life and his, um, work, the crucial moments between Frank and Russell, the ones in which the hit man gets an assignment, are silences. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Watching “The Irishman” on Netflix Is the Best Way to See It," 2 Dec. 2019 To my mind, the criticism is the logical result of a high-volume smokehouse constantly colliding with a voluble customer base, eager to sprout off about barbecue at every turn. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area," 14 Nov. 2019 The usually voluble Cora, the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, deflected questions about the issue at his news media availability on Monday. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Astros Investigation Is Making the Off-Season Awkward for Everyone," 12 Dec. 2019 This revival, so to speak, has a number of artists dismantling traditional master narratives for our increasingly fluid and voluble times. BostonGlobe.com, "ALICJA KWADE: IN BETWEEN GLANCES," 11 Oct. 2019 As the miles clicked past, and Kipchoge stayed rigidly on the correct pace to break two hours, the spectators, packed several people deep against the barriers along the route, grew more voluble. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "Eliud Kipchoge Breaks the Two-Hour Barrier in the Marathon," 12 Oct. 2019 The world of memes The man Trajche Arsov knew was a voluble, conservative Texan named Thomas Dillingham. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "A popular Facebook page, ‘Vets for Trump,’ seemed to be a place for former military. But for months, Macedonians controlled it.," 17 Sep. 2019

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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?show=0&t=1320825700. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of voluble

formal : talking a lot in an energetic and rapid way

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