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voluble

[vol-yuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative: a voluble spokesman for the cause.

Origin of voluble

1565–75; < Latin volūbilis which turns easily, flowing, equivalent to volū-, base of volvere to turn + -bilis -ble
Related formsvol·u·bil·i·ty, vol·u·ble·ness, nounvol·u·bly, adverbnon·vol·u·bil·i·ty, nounnon·vol·u·ble, adjectivenon·vol·u·ble·ness, nounnon·vol·u·bly, adverbun·vol·u·ble, adjectiveun·vol·u·ble·ness, nounun·vol·u·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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articulate, garrulous, loquacious. See fluent.

Antonyms

taciturn.
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Examples from the Web for volubly

Historical Examples

  • She thanked them volubly in Flemish, which they did not understand.

    The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields

    Lieut. Howard Payson

  • Margaret could not tell, but it was something to which the girl was volubly replying.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • A reply was volubly given in Italian, of which Runkle understood not a word.

  • Life takes a new interest when we can put it so volubly into words.

  • No,” cried the black, volubly; “hunt wallaby—hunt ole man kangaroo.

    The Dingo Boys

    G. Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for volubly

voluble

adjective
  1. talking easily, readily, and at length; fluent
  2. archaic easily turning or rotating, as on an axis
  3. rare (of a plant) twining or twisting
Derived Formsvolubility or volubleness, nounvolubly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin volūbilis turning readily, fluent, from volvere to turn
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Word Origin and History for volubly

voluble

adj.

1570s, "liable to constant change," from French voluble, from Latin volubilis "that turns around, rolling, flowing, fluent" (of speech), from volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Meaning "fluent, talkative" first recorded 1580s. Related: Volubly.

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