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[gri-gair-ee-uh s] /grɪˈgɛər i əs/
fond of the company of others; sociable.
living in flocks or herds, as animals.
Botany. growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
pertaining to a flock or crowd.
Origin of gregarious
1660-70; < Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, equivalent to greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ārius -ary
Related forms
gregariously, adverb
gregariousness, noun
nongregarious, adjective
nongregariously, adverb
nongregariousness, noun
ungregarious, adjective
ungregariously, adverb
ungregariousness, noun
1. social, genial, outgoing, convivial, companionable, friendly, extroverted. Unabridged
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  • Crows are a gregarious race with settled habitations and an organized commonwealth.

    The Crock of Gold James Stephens
  • The animal is gregarious, but it is seldom that more than eight or ten are found in a flock.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • From their gregarious habits and individual abundance, the history of many hoofed animals is preserved with especial clearness.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • The upas does not grow as a gregarious tree, and is nowhere found in numbers.

    The Castaways Captain Mayne Reid
  • He was one of the gregarious sort, a loud talker, nervy really, very familiar with all the passengers.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for gregarious


enjoying the company of others
(of animals) living together in herds or flocks Compare solitary (sense 6)
(of plants) growing close together but not in dense clusters
of, relating to, or characteristic of crowds or communities
Derived Forms
gregariously, adverb
gregariousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, from grex flock
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Word Origin and History for gregarious

1660s, "living in flocks" (of animals), from Latin gregarius "pertaining to a flock; of the herd, of the common sort, common," from grex (genitive gregis) "flock, herd," reduplication of PIE root *ger- "to gather together, assemble" (cf. Greek ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" Old Church Slavonic grusti "handful;" Lithuanian gurgulys "chaos, confusion," gurguole "crowd, mass"). Sense of "sociable" first recorded 1789. Related: Gregariously; gregariousness.

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