- 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 gregariousness
And what is the true bond of society as distinguished from gregariousness?Modern Skepticism
C. J. Ellicott
Individuality, effects of solitude and gregariousness upon, 118, 119.Ways of Nature
For, as Disraeli says in Sybil, gregariousness is not association.Anthropology
Gregariousness was supreme on this day of victory; democracy triumphant.My Second Year of the War
Associated words: gregarious, gregal, gregariously, gregariousness.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
- 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 gregariousness
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.