Definition of voluble in US English:



  • 1(of a person) talking fluently, readily, or incessantly.

    ‘a voluble game-show host’
    • ‘Well he's a voluble man, and you know, he has his own strong views.’
    • ‘Never having been confronted with this question before, the usually voluble scientist answers evasively, and it temporarily sinks her mission as Earth's representative to other worlds.’
    • ‘Beyond that, he was unforgettable: flamboyant and voluble, the type of guy who gives everyone a nickname and who might break into a show tune at any moment.’
    • ‘It will require the opinionated and voluble 48-year-old from Edinburgh's Muirhouse to soil his hands with the media, agents and all manner of those folk who make demands of an institution club's figurehead.’
    • ‘She is voluble about the support she has received from her family and friends, and the Cincinnati Zoo, whose help in sustaining the project has been crucial.’
    • ‘Rather, he is generous and voluble when asked about his personal life and his working habits, laughing frequently.’
    • ‘Butchers do know, and they're usually voluble about their product and will help you find what you want at the right price.’
    • ‘The meetings were voluble and at times fierce.’
    • ‘Nervous PR folk and man wielding a hair brush flutter around her nervously as the stunning actress is seated and rapidly surrounded by her voluble fans.’
    • ‘He doesn't speak about his wife at all, except to say she is still in Prague, but he is appropriately voluble about his daughter.’
    • ‘Maybe they are the ‘good children’ in a big, voluble family to whom nobody pays much attention because the naughty boys are always centre-stage.’
    • ‘Trade union leaders and managements are voluble in condemning each other without owning up responsibility.’
    • ‘He is able; he is voluble; he's, I think, a very decent man, but again the campaign I think has not been there for him.’
    • ‘I found him to be a totally honest witness, but he is voluble and answers questions quite effusively, not always directly.’
    • ‘A voluble, burly man with a flush face and a deep voice, he was a force throughout the weekend.’
    • ‘She has a voluble and attractive personality, but even if she were cranky and bad-tempered I'd still go there because the food's really good.’
    • ‘He is a voluble and glib speaker and said to be very ambitious.’
    • ‘Those voices were more voluble and more naive ten years ago than they are today.’
    • ‘I love these guys - they make me look like I'm clever, when really I'm just voluble and profane and tediously honest.’
    • ‘He became animated and voluble; he even smiled.’
    talkative, loquacious, garrulous, verbose, long-winded, wordy, chatty, chattery, gossipy, chattering, babbling, blathering, prattling, jabbering, effusive, gushing, forthcoming, conversational, communicative, expansive, open, unreserved
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    1. 1.1 (of speech) characterized by fluency and readiness of utterance.
      ‘an excited and voluble discussion’
      • ‘To some extent this is a public, formal persona that is belied by the intimacy and voluble conversation shared by good friends and family members.’
      • ‘I think I upheld the honour of Scotland by making a voluble speech of thanks.’
      wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, orotund, expansive, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusive
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Middle English (in senses ‘rotating about an axis’ and ‘having a tendency to change’): from French, or from Latin volubilis, from volvere ‘to roll’. The modern meanings arose in the late 16th century.