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[loh-kwey-shuh s] /loʊˈkweɪ ʃəs/
talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous:
a loquacious dinner guest.
characterized by excessive talk; wordy:
easily the most loquacious play of the season.
Origin of loquacious
First recorded in 1660-70; loquaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
loquaciously, adverb
loquaciousness, noun
unloquacious, adjective
unloquaciously, adverb
1. verbose, voluble. See talkative. Unabridged
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  • And Barclay rattles on; he has become vociferous and loquacious, and seems to like to hear the roar of his voice in his head.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
  • A loquacious advocate is more likely to gain his case than a taciturn one.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The nurse was loquacious, and inclined to be confidential towards one whom she knew as the beloved of her adored young mistress.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Finding them, to all seeming, gullible and loquacious, she had even ventured on the Bishop.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • No, don't ever accuse Perry Potter of being a demonstrative man, or a loquacious one.

    The Range Dwellers B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for loquacious


characterized by or showing a tendency to talk a great deal
Derived Forms
loquaciously, adverb
loquacity (lɒˈkwæsɪtɪ), loquaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin loquāx from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for loquacious

1660s, back-formation from loquacity or else formed from stem of Latin loquax (genitive loquacis) "talkative," from loqui "to speak" (see locution) + -ous. Related: Loquaciously; loquaciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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