[ vol-yuh-buhl ]
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  1. characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative: a voluble spokesman for the cause.

Origin of voluble

First recorded in 1565–75; from Latin volūbilis “that turns easily, flowing,” equivalent to volū-, base of volvere “to turn” + -bilis -ble;cf. revolve

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See fluent.

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Other words from voluble

  • vol·u·bil·i·ty [vol-yuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌvɒl yəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, vol·u·ble·ness, noun
  • vol·u·bly, adverb
  • non·vol·u·ble, adjective
  • non·vol·u·bly, adverb
  • un·vol·u·ble, adjective
  • un·vol·u·bly, adverb

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How to use voluble in a sentence

  • The likeliest person to defeat the voluble Georgian is Gingrich himself.

  • He was voluble in his declarations that they would “put the screws” to Ollie on the charge of perjury.

    The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • He was rather silent, they observed; but the young clergyman, who made the fourth at the table, was voluble by nature.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • As they walked along, he listened with trembling, half-incredulous hope to Jos's interpretation of Aunt Ri's voluble narrative.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Passed the box-office coming up, continued this voluble enlightener; nothing left but a few seats in the top gallery.

    The Fifth String   | John Philip Sousa
  • Elbowing her way in she caught sight of her gown held aloft by Mr. Bills, and heard his voluble "Going, going, at fifty cents."

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for voluble


/ (ˈvɒljʊbəl) /

  1. talking easily, readily, and at length; fluent

  2. archaic easily turning or rotating, as on an axis

  1. rare (of a plant) twining or twisting

Origin of voluble

C16: from Latin volūbilis turning readily, fluent, from volvere to turn

Derived forms of voluble

  • volubility or volubleness, noun
  • volubly, adverb

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