Definition of gregarious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrɪˈɡɛːrɪəs/


1(Of a person) fond of company; sociable: he was a popular and gregarious man
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  • Even though she was so gregarious and loved to chat, she also liked to listen.
  • He is naturally gregarious, and the work obviously suits him.
  • Being in the public eye doesn't necessarily mean you're gregarious.
sociable, social, company-loving, companionable, convivial, clubbable;
outgoing, friendly, affable, amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, hospitable, neighbourly, welcoming, warm, pleasant, comradely, hail-fellow-well-met;
Scottish  couthy
informal chummy, pally
British informal matey, decent
North American informal clubby, buddy-buddy
rare conversable
1.1(Of animals) living in flocks or loosely organized communities: gregarious species forage in flocks from colonies or roosts
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  • Many of these raptor species are gregarious, which accounts for impressively large flocks of impressively large birds.
  • Western Grebes are highly gregarious in all seasons, wintering in large flocks and nesting in colonies.
  • Rheas are gregarious in habit, and tend to live in flocks ranging in size from 5-30 individuals.
social, organized, living in shoals/flocks/herds
1.2(Of plants) growing in open clusters or in pure associations: in the wild, trees are usually gregarious plants
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  • In the Western Ghats, at an altitude of about 1,600 metres, in the region of sholas and grasslands, the kurinji flourishes as a gregarious shrub.
  • If you are planting them in a container, don't skimp with the bulbs - Agapanthus is a gregarious flower that likes to be crowded.
  • Ocencyrtus johnsonii is both gregarious and engages in superparasitism.



Pronunciation: /ɡrɪˈɡɛːrɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • Locusts are normally lone creatures, but when times are good and their numbers boom, they modify their behaviour and group together gregariously.
  • Several hundred individuals consisting of at least two generations of adults and immatures live gregariously over a long period.
  • They roost gregariously, sometimes in very large colonies, and some species are thought to roost exclusively in caves.


Pronunciation: /ɡrɪˈɡɛːrɪəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The English springer spaniel truly is an energetic, outgoing breed, and most springers exhibit a gregariousness, warmth and sweet-temper that makes them a joy to know.
  • He also moonlighted as a sports journalist in his early years, and has retained a gregariousness that always disarms those expecting a less approachable boss.
  • He says he gets his gregariousness from his father and his toughness and business sense - he is highly numerate - from his mother.


Mid 17th century: from Latin gregarius (from grex, greg- 'a flock') + -ous.

  • congregate from Late Middle English:

    The Latin word for a herd or flock was grex, giving congregare, meaning ‘to collect into a herd or flock, to unite’. Gregarious (mid 17th century), meaning ‘fond of company’, is also descended from grex, as are aggregate (Late Middle English) ‘herd together’; egregious (mid 16th century) ‘standing out from the herd’ and originally complimentary; and segregation (mid 16th century) ‘set apart from the herd’.

Words that rhyme with gregarious

Aquarius, calcareous, Darius, denarius, hilarious, multifarious, nefarious, omnifarious, precarious, Sagittarius, senarius, Stradivarius, temerarious, various, vicarious

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Line breaks: gre¦gari|ous

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