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[vol-yuh-buh l] /ˈvɒl yə bəl/
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 forms
volubility, volubleness, noun
volubly, adverb
nonvolubility, noun
nonvoluble, adjective
nonvolubleness, noun
nonvolubly, adverb
unvoluble, adjective
unvolubleness, noun
unvolubly, adverb
articulate, garrulous, loquacious. See fluent.
taciturn. Unabridged
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  • Then she sat down and volubly began her story, while her tribe were temporarily pacified.

    Tales of the Toys, Told by Themselves Frances Freeling Broderip
  • Life takes a new interest when we can put it so volubly into words.

  • The oath he uttered and the excuses which I volubly poured forth could not have reached Mr. Gryce's ears, for he did not return.

    Lost Man's Lane Anna Katharine Green
  • She thanked them volubly in Flemish, which they did not understand.

  • At last our own trench mortars were answering, not in a few grudged monosyllables, but volubly, out of the fulness of the dump.

    The Western Front Muirhead Bone
  • They pleaded against him volubly with the rising of her image into it.

  • All of them volubly knew, or indignantly desired to know, where all the others had been every minute of the week.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • He, of course, like every soldier in that region, was volubly sure they would not.

  • The called-up one volubly explained that there was no need in his case for a medical examination.

  • The other was that of a native, and was volubly expostulative—in its own tongue.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for volubly


talking easily, readily, and at length; fluent
(archaic) easily turning or rotating, as on an axis
(rare) (of a plant) twining or twisting
Derived Forms
volubility, volubleness, noun
volubly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin volūbilis turning readily, fluent, from volvere to turn
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Word Origin and History for volubly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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