Definition of logorrhea in US English:


(British logorrhoea)


  • A tendency to extreme loquacity.

    • ‘To Tom Wolfe, a dandy with an incurable bout of logorrhoea, words are like chips in Las Vegas.’
    • ‘The singer alternates between stunned silence and logorrhea.’
    • ‘A couple of these essays are fatally infected by the particular strain of logorrhoea that afflicts so much current architectural theory.’
    • ‘Adam's a geek in the nicest sense of the word - and sometimes he could use a script editor to tame his logorrhea.’
    • ‘Who would have known that big dreams can be lost and small worlds can crumble, hinged on the correct spelling of cephalalgia, hypsometer or logorrhea?’
    • ‘An outbreak of logorrhoea on her part will not help matters, at all.’
    • ‘Of course, practical explanations of the novel's logorrhea are possible.’
    • ‘On the other hand, even Gould's persistent logorrhea has some redeeming consequences.’
    • ‘Its topical references have badly dated; its surreal logorrhea was dated when it was written.’
    • ‘Such suspicions will only be confirmed by Gibson's idiosyncratic logorrhea in interviews before a hostile press which can and will use everything he says against him.’
    wordiness, verboseness, loquacity, garrulity, talkativeness, volubility, expansiveness, babbling, blathering, waffling, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing
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Early 20th century: from Greek logos ‘word’ + rhoia ‘flow’.