lo·​qua·​cious | \ lō-ˈkwā-shəs How to pronounce loquacious (audio) \

Definition of loquacious

1 : full of excessive talk : wordy
2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous

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Other Words from loquacious

loquaciously adverb
loquaciousness noun

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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

Speaking About the Meaning of Loquacious

When you hear or say loquacious, you might notice that the word has a certain poetic ring. In fact, poets quickly snatched up loquacious soon after its debut in 1656 and, with poetic license, stretched its meaning to include such things as the chattering of birds and the babbling of brooks. In less poetic uses, loquacious usually means "excessively talkative." The ultimate source of all this chattiness is loqui, a Latin verb meaning "to speak." Other words descended from loqui include colloquial, eloquent, soliloquy, and ventriloquism.

Examples of loquacious in a Sentence

… long-cultivated dislikes and resentments, combined with a general expectation of coming apocalypse. He talked about these topics in a manner that managed to be tight-lipped and loquacious at the same time. — Ian Frazier, New Yorker, 22 & 29 Dec. 2003 … the flaw of the genre is not in betraying the loquacious John Williams and the chatty Father Foucquet, but in failing to schedule an interview with the reticent Eunice Williams and the tongue-tied John Hu. — Jill Lepore, Journal of American History, June 2001 With a wonderful memory for detail, this talkative woman—who my father said never forgets anything—became truly loquacious. — Joseph A. Amato, Dust, 2000 a loquacious and glib politician the loquacious host of a radio talk show
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Recent Examples on the Web Caraway’s loquacious and colorful testimony in the Hamilton trial turned to spectacle at times during cross-examination, with Lynn repeatedly telling him to wait for questions before answering and not to speak over the defense attorney. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 Entrepreneurs are using the loquacious GPT-3 to auto-generate emails, talk to customers, and even write computer code. Will Knight, Wired, 24 May 2021 Her nonchalance, perhaps, is a way of guarding herself on social media, where many more loquacious celebrities have made unforced errors. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Coach Peter Laviolette, setting a trend for the series, made Chara look loquacious with his pregame comments. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 Let Jeff Van Gundy, the loquacious network analyst and former Knicks coach, begin to explain. Harvey Araton, New York Times, 9 May 2021 In conversation, Bernstein is lively and loquacious, qualities that can mask so much silent suffering. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 And then Westbrook made sure everybody knew about his season with the NBA’s first 35-point, 20-assist triple-double and with help from loquacious ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith. USA Today, 6 Apr. 2021 Somewhat like their loquacious maker, Neel’s paintings refuse to shut up and part of their power is their ability to remain abstract. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of loquacious

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loquacious

Latin loquāc-, loquāx "talkative, verbose" (from loquī "to talk, speak" + -āc-, deverbal suffix denoting habitual or successful performance) + -ious — more at eloquent, audacious

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“Loquacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loquacious. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loquacious

: liking to talk and talking smoothly and easily

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