[ gar-uh-luhs, gar-yuh- ]
/ ˈgær ə ləs, ˈgær yə- /


excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.

Origin of garrulous

1605–15; < Latin garrulus talkative, garrulous, equivalent to garr(īre) to chatter + -ulus -ulous

SYNONYMS FOR garrulous

1 prating, babbling. See talkative.
2 verbose, prolix.

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British Dictionary definitions for garrulous


/ (ˈɡærʊləs) /


given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
wordy or diffuse; prolix

Derived Forms

garrulously, adverbgarrulousness or garrulity (ɡæˈruːlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for garrulous

C17: from Latin garrulus, from garrīre to chatter
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