[ loh-kwey-shuhs ]
/ loʊˈkweɪ ʃəs /


talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner guest.
characterized by excessive talk; wordy: easily the most loquacious play of the season.

Nearby words

  1. lopseed,
  2. lopsided,
  3. lopsidedly,
  4. lopstick,
  5. loq.,
  6. loquaciously,
  7. loquacity,
  8. loquat,
  9. loquitur,
  10. lor

Origin of loquacious

First recorded in 1660–70; loquaci(ty) + -ous

Related formslo·qua·cious·ly, adverblo·qua·cious·ness, nounun·lo·qua·cious, adjectiveun·lo·qua·cious·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for loquacious


/ (lɒˈkweɪʃəs) /


characterized by or showing a tendency to talk a great deal
Derived Formsloquaciously, adverbloquacity (lɒˈkwæsɪtɪ) or loquaciousness, noun

Word Origin for loquacious

C17: from Latin loquāx from loquī to speak

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Word Origin and History for loquacious



1660s, back-formation from loquacity or else formed from stem of Latin loquax (genitive loquacis) "talkative," from loqui "to speak" (see locution) + -ous. Related: Loquaciously; loquaciousness.

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