voluble

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adjective vol·u·ble \ˈväl-yə-bəl\

Definition of voluble

  1. 1 :  easily rolling or turning :  rotating

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

volubility

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volubleness

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volubly

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of voluble

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


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

VOLUBLE Defined for English Language Learners

voluble

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adjective vol·u·ble \ˈväl-yə-bəl\

Definition of voluble for English Language Learners

  • : talking a lot in an energetic and rapid way


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