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

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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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Related Words for talkativeness

verboseness, verbiage, loquacity, prolixity, logorrhea, loquaciousness, talkativeness, grandiloquence, wordiness, verbosity, volubility, glibness, garrulous, chattiness

Examples from the Web for talkativeness

Historical Examples of talkativeness

  • But for my presence of mind I should have fallen a victim to your talkativeness.

    The Adventures of Maya the Bee

    Waldemar Bonsels

  • Of their dislike to talkativeness, the following apophthegms are evidence.

  • He was very shy, and, with him, shyness ran to talkativeness.

    Old Mole

    Gilbert Cannan

  • Lance knew that the talkativeness was assumed for the sake of putting him at his ease.


    Rolf Boldrewood

  • Silence, advantages of, contrasted with talkativeness; an answer to wise men.

British Dictionary definitions for talkativeness


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



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

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