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.

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

Synonyms for loquacious

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Examples from the Web for loquaciousness

Historical Examples of loquaciousness

  • You well know that the loquaciousness of men is prodigious, tremendous.

    Discourses of Keidansky

    Bernard G. Richards

  • What most people like is loquaciousness and its kindred vice tactlessness.

  • But his loquaciousness ended with this small adventure I have just described.

    Lost Man's Lane

    Anna Katharine Green

  • Yet the average scientist explains them away, with the ignorance and loquaciousness of a fisher hag.

  • Yudushka's agony commenced when the resources of loquaciousness, in which he had so freely indulged, began to give out.

    A Family of Noblemen

    Mikhal Saltykov

British Dictionary definitions for loquaciousness



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 loquaciousness



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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