- 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
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Examples from the Web for non-gregarious
Roden knew it for a vulture, of the black and non-gregarious kind.A Veldt Official
We called him Non-Gregarious all the way after that—Non for short.Crowds
Gerald Stanley Lee
Reflection is "wicked" for it leads to doubt, and doubt is non-gregarious behavior.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
Also of non-gregarious species like the nightingale in which the males arrive in this country several days before the females.Birds in Town and Village
W. H. Hudson
- 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
Word Origin and History for non-gregarious
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.