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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
1400-50; late Middle English; see 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. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for talkativeness
Historical Examples
  • He was, unlike Napoleon, “thoroughly French in character, possessing all the liveliness and talkativeness of that people.”

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

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

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Sally May was a delicious Mrs. Bennet—her archness, her querulousness, and above all her talkativeness.

    Judy of York Hill Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • Silence, advantages of, contrasted with talkativeness; an answer to wise men.

  • He turned and apologized to the gentleman for his servant's talkativeness, saying he was an old and much indulged servant.

    Aunt Phillis's Cabin Mary H. Eastman
  • Then as he stowed them away he shewed a disposition towards intimacy and talkativeness.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • But for my presence of mind I should have fallen a victim to your talkativeness.

  • In excess, it produces verbosity, talkativeness, and "windiness" of expression.

    How to Read Human Nature William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for talkativeness


given to talking a great deal
Derived Forms
talkatively, adverb
talkativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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