[ gri-gair-ee-uhs ]
/ grɪˈgɛər i əs /


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

SYNONYMS FOR gregarious

OTHER WORDS FROM gregarious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-gregarious

  • We called him Non-Gregarious all the way after that—Non for short.

    Crowds|Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Also of non-gregarious species like the nightingale in which the males arrive in this country several days before the females.

  • Reflection is "wicked" for it leads to doubt, and doubt is non-gregarious behavior.

    The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin

British Dictionary definitions for non-gregarious

/ (ɡrɪˈɡɛərɪəs) /


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 forms of gregarious

gregariously, adverbgregariousness, noun

Word Origin for gregarious

C17: from Latin gregārius belonging to a flock, from grex flock
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