[ taw-kuh-tiv ]
/ ˈtɔ kə tɪv /


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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for talkative


/ (ˈtɔːkətɪv) /


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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