- 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
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Examples from the Web for gregariously
They wander not gregariously in tribes, often not even in families.
Associated words: gregarious, gregal, gregariously, gregariousness.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
It ought to be held a sacred thing by all who tour our national parks, where Maw is gregariously accumulated in these days.Maw's Vacation
Never, he flattered himself, had he seen anything so gregariously ugly—operatively, ominously so cruel.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
- enjoying the company of others
- (of animals) living together in herds or flocksCompare solitary (def. 6)
- (of plants) growing close together but not in dense clusters
- of, relating to, or characteristic of crowds or communities
Word Origin and History for gregariously
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.