Definition of garrulous in English:



  • Excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.

    ‘a garrulous cab driver’
    • ‘But when I asked him for his opinion of missile-defense programs, the garrulous old scientist suddenly clammed up.’
    • ‘A garrulous former pharmacist from Minnesota, he became the Democratic Party's nominee for president.’
    • ‘Being a rather open, garrulous fellow myself, I was impressed.’
    • ‘He rages with all the garrulous articulacy of the legal autodidact, narrowly educated after years of court cases, appeals and disappointments.’
    • ‘Maybe, as in the past, the garrulous president's words were nothing more than political grandstanding.’
    • ‘If I'm garrulous, it means I'm procrastinating, and I should be chastised accordingly.’
    • ‘He is a boisterous, garrulous man eager to debate issues but clearly unaccustomed to being challenged by a woman.’
    • ‘The check-in assistant seemed to be in a particularly garrulous mood, chatting with his colleague while he printed out the boarding card.’
    • ‘The garrulous storeowner sometimes cut up summer sausage and cheese and joined us on the porch where we tilted back frosty green soda bottles and solved the problems of the world.’
    • ‘On the first floor, I see a crowd of garrulous men who've decided there's more to life than watching sports in the living room.’
    • ‘Everyone became equally loud, crude and garrulous, the technically sober behaving identically to the genuinely drunk.’
    • ‘Noël, an observant neighbour in Jamaica, found her garrulous, snobbish and socially aggressive, while success had embittered him.’
    • ‘They are basically warm people, albeit a bit garrulous at times with some who profess, quite irritatingly, to be the all-knowing type.’
    • ‘Usually this involves a few perfunctory sentences but yesterday he was feeling unusually garrulous and it took me a while to get away from him.’
    • ‘He introduces a character from his last novel, the garrulous, difficult ‘literary novelist’ Elizabeth.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, high school playgrounds all over Scotland will again resonate with the sound of garrulous teenagers.’
    • ‘This debate engaged all but the most garrulous of the chattering classes rather less than the issue of how many angels can stand on the point of a pin.’
    • ‘However, he can be garrulous on films, capitalism and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.’
    • ‘Having a topic of conversation banned must be a particular strain for someone as garrulous as him.’
    • ‘He is the type not of the charmingly nutty but of the exhaustingly garrulous professor.’
    talkative, loquacious, voluble, verbose, long-winded, chatty, chattery, chattering, gossipy, gossiping, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusive, expansive, forthcoming, conversational, communicative
    long-winded, wordy, verbose, prolix, lengthy, prolonged
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Early 17th century: from Latin garrulus (from garrire ‘to chatter, prattle’) + -ous.