[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. garron,
  2. garrot,
  3. garrote,
  4. garrotte,
  5. garrulity,
  6. garrulously,
  7. garrya,
  8. garryowen,
  9. garré's disease,
  10. garter

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.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garrulous

British Dictionary definitions for garrulous


/ (ˈɡærʊləs) /


given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
wordy or diffuse; prolix
Derived Formsgarrulously, adverbgarrulousness or garrulity (ɡæˈruːlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for garrulous

C17: from Latin garrulus, from garrīre to chatter

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for garrulous



1610s, from Latin garrulus "talkative," from garrire "to chatter," from PIE root *gar- "to call, cry," of imitative origin (cf. Greek gerys "voice, sound," Ossetic zar "song," Welsh garm, Old Irish gairm "noise, cry"). Related: Garrulously; garrulousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper