Definition of garrulous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡer(y)ələs/


Excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters: Polonius is portrayed as a foolish, garrulous old man
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Having a topic of conversation banned must be a particular strain for someone as garrulous as him.
  • 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.
talkative, loquacious, voluble, verbose, chatty, chattering, gossipy;
effusive, expansive, forthcoming, conversational, communicative
informal mouthy, gabby, gassy, windy, having the gift of (the) gab, motormouthed
long-winded, wordy, verbose, prolix, long, lengthy, rambling, wandering, maundering, meandering, digressive, diffuse, discursive;
gossipy, chatty
informal windy, gassy



Pronunciation: /ˈɡer(y)ələslē/
Example sentences
  • Dressed off-camera in a hooded top, he talks garrulously, leaping irreverently from topic to topic, wincing when he remembers the vituperative tenor of the reviews received by his last book, Rembrandt's Eyes, published last year.
  • He also garrulously and somewhat incoherently attacked the media, accusing them to have conspired against him, in order to get him into the Chancellery.
  • Her father was a sailor and a garrulously mean man.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡer(y)ələsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The problem with Christmas parties isn't that you know everybody at them - it's that you become overexcited and incline towards garrulousness.
  • Courage, garrulousness and the mob are on our side.
  • It seems to me the net encourages garrulousness, incoherence and drivel and I don't want to add to it.


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

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Syllabification: gar·ru·lous

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