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talkative

[taw-kuh-tiv] /ˈtɔ kə tɪv/
adjective
1.
inclined to talk a great deal:
One drink and she became very talkative.
Origin of talkative
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at talk, -ative
Related forms
talkatively, adverb
talkativeness, noun
nontalkative, adjective
nontalkatively, adverb
nontalkativeness, noun
overtalkative, adjective
overtalkatively, adverb
overtalkativeness, noun
untalkative, adjective
Synonyms
wordy, verbose, prolix. Talkative, garrulous, loquacious characterize a person who talks a great deal. Talkative is a neutral or mildly unfavorable word applied to a person who is inclined to talk a great deal, sometimes without significance: a talkative child. The garrulous person talks with wearisome persistence, usually about personal and trivial things: a garrulous old man. A loquacious person, intending to be sociable, talks continuously and at length: a loquacious host.
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  • Many words of the talkative German were running in his mind from the night before.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Hamish was more gay and talkative than usual—Arthur was silent as the grave.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The captain didn't say anything about it; he was not a talkative man.

  • They are not talkative and boisterous as these are, but silent, sullen and revengeful.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • For a moment or so Rose, previously so talkative, had lapsed into silence.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for talkative

talkative

/ˈtɔːkətɪv/
adjective
1.
given to talking a great deal
Derived Forms
talkatively, adverb
talkativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for talkative
adj.

mid-15c.; see talk + -ive. Related: Talkatively; talkativeness.

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