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

Other Words from loquacious

loquaciously adverb
loquaciousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for loquacious

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 it made its first appearance in English in the 17th century 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
Recent Examples on the Web The broad contours of this lie are becoming clearer, focusing in large part on Jimmy Lai, the loquacious founder of Apple Daily, a prodemocracy newspaper that was forced to close last year, after it was raided and its accounts frozen by authorities. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 Beard has always been an enigma: quiet where Lasso is loquacious, an introvert when his coaching partner is all extrovert. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Reacting to Jules’ loquacious manner of flirting, Lengronne furrows her eyebrows and purses her lips before letting out a snort. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 On Thursday afternoon, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey issued a public reprimand to both loquacious coaches for making derogatory comments about another league institution. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 20 May 2022 But Ellis digs into the more sobering developments with equal skill, and his experience with musicals gives him a nimble grasp of the tricky rhythms of Greenberg’s loquacious dialogue. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 The once loquacious adolescent (played by John Bell) had transformed into a fierce Mohawk warrior, with demons clearing haunting him and a refusal to speak about what had sent him back to his Fraser family. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Michael Reynolds, the tenacious and loquacious courtroom bulldog who prosecuted some of Wayne County’s highest-profile homicides while earning praise from judges and adversaries, died Tuesday at his home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Joe Swickard, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2022 In the past few years, he's become one of the most loquacious justices and, as the court's senior justice, is given the privilege of asking the first questions at oral arguments. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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