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

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 Over his voluble objections, the commission voted to begin proceedings that could result in the former gas station becoming an official Dallas landmark. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "West Dallas gas station linked to Bonnie and Clyde could become landmark over owner’s objections," 2 Mar. 2020 At its best, the concert glimpsed them as living, voluble company. Washington Post, "At the Kennedy Center, Eschenbach casts the NSO in standard but staunch roles," 25 Jan. 2020 This is changing, though—for example with the voluble assertions by some money managers, like BlackRock’s Larry Fink, that there’s more to business than a single bottom line. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Can private equity firms have a purpose other than making money?," 17 Feb. 2020 Inside the Senate chamber, Sekulow and two White House lawyers delivered a voluble and indignant final defense, capping three days of oral arguments on the president’s behalf against the House’s charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s defense team discounts Bolton as Republicans work to hold off witnesses," 28 Jan. 2020 There was a voluble debate within the FDA over whether the treatment actually worked. Matthew Herper, STAT, "What does the latest twist in the Sarepta saga mean for the future of the FDA? We discuss," 24 Jan. 2020 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

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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 5 Apr. 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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