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[taw-kuh-tiv] /ˈtɔ kə tɪv/
inclined to talk a great deal:
One drink and she became very talkative.
Origin of talkative
late Middle English
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
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for talkativeness
Historical Examples
  • But for my presence of mind I should have fallen a victim to your talkativeness.

  • Of their dislike to talkativeness, the following apophthegms are evidence.

  • He was very shy, and, with him, shyness ran to talkativeness.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • Lance knew that the talkativeness was assumed for the sake of putting him at his ease.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Silence, advantages of, contrasted with talkativeness; an answer to wise men.

  • talkativeness is another "Spot," and a sign of lost control.

    The Colored Girl Beautiful E. Azalia Hackley
  • He certainly exceeded on that occasion anything I ever heard in talkativeness.


    John Bate
  • “Thou hast the mind of a child and the talkativeness of a woman,” said Hiram.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • The King's talkativeness had steadily increased; no one could reduce him to reason.

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
  • As he slowly recovered what little sense he had left to make use of, all his talkativeness and cordiality seemed to desert him.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for talkativeness


given to talking a great deal
Derived Forms
talkatively, adverb
talkativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for talkativeness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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