Definition of loquacious in English:

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Pronunciation: /lōˈkwāSHəs/


Tending to talk a great deal; talkative.
Example sentences
  • He cares and worries intensely about movies, and he's eloquent, loquacious, even verbose on the subject.
  • He was loquacious, providing a great deal of his introspection in public.
  • I cannot tell whether he recognised me, but that night he was voluble, almost loquacious.
talkative, voluble, communicative, expansive, garrulous, unreserved, chatty, gossipy, gossiping
informal having the gift of (the) gab, gabby, gassy, motormouthed, talky, windy



Pronunciation: /ləˈkwāSHəslē/
Example sentences
  • In adulthood I learned to be more generous and grateful for having this marvelous mother, but back then I polished to a gleam my cold envy and blamed my father for loving her so boisterously, loquaciously, wantonly.
  • Although putting up a brave front as long as she can, she fears not only for herself but also for her sons from a broken marriage, the loquaciously sensitive Sam, and the sheltered Max.
  • The poems, in both scale and voice, place the artist within the work as surely as a self-portrait would, but more loquaciously.


Pronunciation: /ləˈkwāSHəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The first category sanctifies exhortation, rhetorical plainness, unadorned truth-telling; the second blesses ornate, elaborate eloquence, ludic loquaciousness.
  • There are times when a peculiar social awkwardness seizes me and I detach from a group forsaking my usual loquaciousness.
  • Ask him what he inherited from his family background, however, and his loquaciousness stops.


Mid 17th century: from Latin loquax, loquac- (from loqui 'talk') + -ious.

  • ventriloquist from mid 17th century:

    Ventriloquists speak with their belly—the word is based on Latin venter ‘belly’ and loqui ‘to speak’, from which elocution (early 16th century), eloquent (Late Middle English), and loquacious (late 17th century) also derive. Originally a ventriloquist was a person appearing to speak from their abdomen because of spiritual possession. For someone who practises the skill for public entertainment it dates from just before 1800.

Words that rhyme with loquacious

Athanasius, audacious, bodacious, cactaceous, capacious, carbonaceous, contumacious, Cretaceous, curvaceous, disputatious, edacious, efficacious, fallacious, farinaceous, flirtatious, foliaceous, fugacious, gracious, hellacious, herbaceous, Ignatius, mendacious, mordacious, ostentatious, perspicacious, pertinacious, pugnacious, rapacious, sagacious, salacious, saponaceous, sebaceous, sequacious, setaceous, spacious, tenacious, veracious, vexatious, vivacious, voracious

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Syllabification: lo·qua·cious

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