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

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

Synonyms for gregarious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gregariousness

Contemporary Examples of gregariousness

  • Yet the gregariousness of the web only intensifies his solitude.

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    Peter Stothard

    August 20, 2010

  • On the Hill, Bonjean has a reputation for gregariousness and hosting great parties.

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    Washington Frenemies

    Ana Marie Cox

    December 4, 2008

Historical Examples of gregariousness

  • And what is the true bond of society as distinguished from gregariousness?

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • Individuality, effects of solitude and gregariousness upon, 118, 119.

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    John Burroughs

  • For, as Disraeli says in Sybil, gregariousness is not association.


    Robert Marett

  • Gregariousness was supreme on this day of victory; democracy triumphant.

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

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    Louis A. Flemming

British Dictionary definitions for gregariousness



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

Word Origin for gregarious

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



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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