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gregarious

[gri-gair-ee-uh s]
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adjective
  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

Synonyms

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1. social, genial, outgoing, convivial, companionable, friendly, extroverted.
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Examples from the Web for gregariousness

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  • 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.

    Ways of Nature

    John Burroughs

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

    Anthropology

    Robert Marett

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

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

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming


British Dictionary definitions for gregariousness

gregarious

adjective
  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 gregariousness

gregarious

adj.

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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