inclined to talk a great deal: One drink and she became very talkative.

Origin of talkative

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at talk, -ative
Related formstalk·a·tive·ly, adverbtalk·a·tive·ness, nounnon·talk·a·tive, adjectivenon·talk·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·talk·a·tive·ness, nouno·ver·talk·a·tive, adjectiveo·ver·talk·a·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·talk·a·tive·ness, nounun·talk·a·tive, adjective

Synonyms for talkative

wordy, verbose, prolix. Talkative, garrulous, loquacious characterize a person who talks a great deal. Talkative is a neutral or mildly unfavorable word applied to a person who is inclined to talk a great deal, sometimes without significance: a talkative child. The garrulous person talks with wearisome persistence, usually about personal and trivial things: a garrulous old man. A loquacious person, intending to be sociable, talks continuously and at length: a loquacious host. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for talkative

Contemporary Examples of talkative

Historical Examples of talkative

  • Many words of the talkative German were running in his mind from the night before.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Hamish was more gay and talkative than usual—Arthur was silent as the grave.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The captain didn't say anything about it; he was not a talkative man.

  • They are not talkative and boisterous as these are, but silent, sullen and revengeful.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

  • For a moment or so Rose, previously so talkative, had lapsed into silence.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for talkative



given to talking a great deal
Derived Formstalkatively, adverbtalkativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for talkative

mid-15c.; see talk + -ive. Related: Talkatively; talkativeness.

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