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[gar-uh-luh s, gar-yuh-]
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  1. excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
  2. wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.
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Origin of garrulous

1605–15; < Latin garrulus talkative, garrulous, equivalent to garr(īre) to chatter + -ulus -ulous
Related formsgar·ru·lous·ly, adverbgar·ru·lous·ness, nounnon·gar·ru·lous, adjectivenon·gar·ru·lous·ly, adverbnon·gar·ru·lous·ness, nounun·gar·ru·lous, adjectiveun·gar·ru·lous·ly, adverbun·gar·ru·lous·ness, noun


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


1. reticent, uncommunicative, taciturn, close-mouthed.
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  • "I must find my friend," he said, cutting the garrulous man short.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Janzen, for his part, was as taciturn as his friend Bache was garrulous.

  • The Dublin people were gregarious and garrulous, and he was solitary and reflective.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • This garrulous body, old Dinah Wilson, was talking as Hugh entered.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • His secretiveness only makes me like him the more, probably because I myself am so garrulous.

British Dictionary definitions for garrulous


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

Word Origin

C17: from Latin garrulus, from garrīre to chatter
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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.

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