voluble

[vol-yuh-buhl]

adjective

characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative: a voluble spokesman for the cause.

Origin of voluble

1565–75; < Latin volūbilis which turns easily, flowing, equivalent to volū-, base of volvere to turn + -bilis -ble
Related formsvol·u·bil·i·ty, vol·u·ble·ness, nounvol·u·bly, adverbnon·vol·u·bil·i·ty, nounnon·vol·u·ble, adjectivenon·vol·u·ble·ness, nounnon·vol·u·bly, adverbun·vol·u·ble, adjectiveun·vol·u·ble·ness, nounun·vol·u·bly, adverb

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voluble

adjective

talking easily, readily, and at length; fluent
archaic easily turning or rotating, as on an axis
rare (of a plant) twining or twisting
Derived Formsvolubility or volubleness, nounvolubly, adverb

Word Origin for voluble

C16: from Latin volūbilis turning readily, fluent, from volvere to turn
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Word Origin and History for volubility

voluble

adj.

1570s, "liable to constant change," from French voluble, from Latin volubilis "that turns around, rolling, flowing, fluent" (of speech), from volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Meaning "fluent, talkative" first recorded 1580s. Related: Volubly.

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