Definition of garrulous in English:



  • Excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.

    ‘Polonius is portrayed as a foolish, garrulous old man’
    • ‘But when I asked him for his opinion of missile-defense programs, the garrulous old scientist suddenly clammed up.’
    • ‘If I'm garrulous, it means I'm procrastinating, and I should be chastised accordingly.’
    • ‘Maybe, as in the past, the garrulous president's words were nothing more than political grandstanding.’
    • ‘He is a boisterous, garrulous man eager to debate issues but clearly unaccustomed to being challenged by a woman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Being a rather open, garrulous fellow myself, I was impressed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are basically warm people, albeit a bit garrulous at times with some who profess, quite irritatingly, to be the all-knowing type.’
    • ‘Having a topic of conversation banned must be a particular strain for someone as garrulous as him.’
    • ‘He introduces a character from his last novel, the garrulous, difficult ‘literary novelist’ Elizabeth.’
    • ‘Noël, an observant neighbour in Jamaica, found her garrulous, snobbish and socially aggressive, while success had embittered him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The check-in assistant seemed to be in a particularly garrulous mood, chatting with his colleague while he printed out the boarding card.’
    • ‘He rages with all the garrulous articulacy of the legal autodidact, narrowly educated after years of court cases, appeals and disappointments.’
    • ‘A garrulous former pharmacist from Minnesota, he became the Democratic Party's nominee for president.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, high school playgrounds all over Scotland will again resonate with the sound of garrulous teenagers.’
    • ‘Everyone became equally loud, crude and garrulous, the technically sober behaving identically to the genuinely drunk.’
    • ‘He is the type not of the charmingly nutty but of the exhaustingly garrulous professor.’
    • ‘However, he can be garrulous on films, capitalism and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.’
    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.