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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 untalkative
Historical Examples
  • After Owd Bob's second victory he had become morose and untalkative.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Quite gentle, quite affectionate, but listless and untalkative.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • Now he was riding in her carriage, but with a surly, untalkative soldier of the guard.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for untalkative


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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