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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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Examples from the Web for loquaciousness
Historical Examples
  • You well know that the loquaciousness of men is prodigious, tremendous.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
  • What most people like is loquaciousness and its kindred vice tactlessness.

  • But his loquaciousness ended with this small adventure I have just described.

    Lost Man's Lane Anna Katharine Green
  • Yet the average scientist explains them away, with the ignorance and loquaciousness of a fisher hag.

  • Yudushka's agony commenced when the resources of loquaciousness, in which he had so freely indulged, began to give out.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • But he, too, turned off the matter by saying something about Maria's loquaciousness having left him no chance.

  • But this sinister aspect of loquaciousness is evidently proper to an oriental despotism and not to a free republic.

  • We were jaded with his superfluity of loquaciousness, and were not sorry when the time of departure arrived.


    John Bate
British Dictionary definitions for loquaciousness


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 loquaciousness



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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