Definition of garrulous in US English:

garrulous

adjective

  • Excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.

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

Early 17th century: from Latin garrulus (from garrire ‘to chatter, prattle’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

garrulous

/ˈɡer(y)ələs//ˈɡɛr(j)ələs/