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

Related Words for untalkative

reticent, taciturn

Examples from the Web for untalkative

Historical Examples of untalkative

  • After Owd Bob's second victory he had become morose and untalkative.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • Quite gentle, quite affectionate, but listless and untalkative.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim

  • Now he was riding in her carriage, but with a surly, untalkative soldier of the guard.


    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for untalkative



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



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

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