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  1. fond of the company of others; sociable.
  2. living in flocks or herds, as animals.
  3. Botany. growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
  4. pertaining to a flock or crowd.
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Origin of gregarious

1660–70; < Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, equivalent to greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ārius -ary
Related formsgre·gar·i·ous·ly, adverbgre·gar·i·ous·ness, nounnon·gre·gar·i·ous, adjectivenon·gre·gar·i·ous·ly, adverbnon·gre·gar·i·ous·ness, nounun·gre·gar·i·ous, adjectiveun·gre·gar·i·ous·ly, adverbun·gre·gar·i·ous·ness, noun


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Examples from the Web for gregariously

Historical Examples

  • They wander not gregariously in tribes, often not even in families.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, December 1898


  • Associated words: gregarious, gregal, gregariously, gregariousness.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • It ought to be held a sacred thing by all who tour our national parks, where Maw is gregariously accumulated in these days.

    Maw's Vacation

    Emerson Hough

  • Never, he flattered himself, had he seen anything so gregariously ugly—operatively, ominously so cruel.

British Dictionary definitions for gregariously


  1. enjoying the company of others
  2. (of animals) living together in herds or flocksCompare solitary (def. 6)
  3. (of plants) growing close together but not in dense clusters
  4. of, relating to, or characteristic of crowds or communities
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Derived Formsgregariously, adverbgregariousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, from grex flock
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Word Origin and History for gregariously



1660s, "living in flocks" (of animals), from Latin gregarius "pertaining to a flock; of the herd, of the common sort, common," from grex (genitive gregis) "flock, herd," reduplication of PIE root *ger- "to gather together, assemble" (cf. Greek ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" Old Church Slavonic grusti "handful;" Lithuanian gurgulys "chaos, confusion," gurguole "crowd, mass"). Sense of "sociable" first recorded 1789. Related: Gregariously; gregariousness.

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