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[gar-uh-luh s, gar-yuh-] /ˈgær ə ləs, ˈgær yə-/
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
wordy or diffuse:
a garrulous and boring speech.
Origin of garrulous
1605-15; < Latin garrulus talkative, garrulous, equivalent to garr(īre) to chatter + -ulus -ulous
Related forms
garrulously, adverb
garrulousness, noun
nongarrulous, adjective
nongarrulously, adverb
nongarrulousness, noun
ungarrulous, adjective
ungarrulously, adverb
ungarrulousness, noun
1. prating, babbling. See talkative. 2. verbose, prolix.
1. reticent, uncommunicative, taciturn, close-mouthed. Unabridged
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  • "I must find my friend," he said, cutting the garrulous man short.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Janzen, for his part, was as taciturn as his friend Bache was garrulous.

  • The Dublin people were gregarious and garrulous, and he was solitary and reflective.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • This garrulous body, old Dinah Wilson, was talking as Hugh entered.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • His secretiveness only makes me like him the more, probably because I myself am so garrulous.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • I would not go so far as to call it garrulous—but distinctly communicative.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • I shut up; and from that hour to this I never was 'garrulous' again.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for garrulous


given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
wordy or diffuse; prolix
Derived Forms
garrulously, adverb
garrulousness, garrulity (ɡæˈruːlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin garrulus, from garrīre to chatter
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Contemporary definitions for garrulous

chattering; babbling

Word Origin

Latin garrulus 'talkative''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for garrulous

1610s, from Latin garrulus "talkative," from garrire "to chatter," from PIE root *gar- "to call, cry," of imitative origin (cf. Greek gerys "voice, sound," Ossetic zar "song," Welsh garm, Old Irish gairm "noise, cry"). Related: Garrulously; garrulousness.

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