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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 non-gregarious

Historical Examples

  • Roden knew it for a vulture, of the black and non-gregarious kind.

    A Veldt Official

    Bertram Mitford

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for non-gregarious

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 non-gregarious

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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