Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Garrulous \Gar"ru*lous\, a. [L. garrulus, fr. garrire to chatter, talk; cf. Gr. ? voice, ? to speak, sing. Cf. Call.]
Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative; loquacious.
The most garrulous people on earth.
(Zo["o]l.) Having a loud, harsh note; noisy; -- said of birds; as, the garrulous roller.
Syn: Garrulous, Talkative, Loquacious.
Usage: A garrulous person indulges in long, prosy talk, with frequent repetitions and lengthened details; talkative implies simply a great desire to talk; and loquacious a great flow of words at command. A child is talkative; a lively woman is loquacious; an old man in his dotage is garrulous. -- Gar"ru*lous*ly, adv. -- Gar"ru*lous*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1610s, from Latin garrulus "talkative," from garrire "to chatter," from PIE root *gar- "to call, cry," of imitative origin (compare Greek gerys "voice, sound," Ossetic zar "song," Welsh garm, Old Irish gairm "noise, cry"). Related: Garrulously; garrulousness.
a. 1 excessively or tiresomely talkative. 2 (context of something written or performed English) Excessively wordy and rambling.
Usage examples of "garrulous".
Kedrigern wisely abstained after a few polite sips from his first goblet, desirous of hearing -- and accurately remembering -- a full account of Prince Bondo and his urgent affair from a relaxed and, he hoped, garrulous Tullister.
Mr Lammas, his mind at ease, was well disposed to this garrulous youth.
He was a garrulous, highly articulate, and charming man with an empathy for the nonscientific mind, which resulted in his being able to explain complex ideas in a manner that the layman could easily understand.
And with the same sad smile he looked round on the figures, some marble, some painted stone, of departed Brandons and Wylders, with garrulous epitaphs, who surrounded them in various costumes, quite a family group, in which the attorney was gratified to mingle.
The restaurant was a small comfortable place run by a large and garrulous Italian family, who recognised Hazel the moment she and Silas walked in through the door, despite the fact that she had only eaten there on a handful of occasions.
Peters, and talked with him a great deal: told him yarns, gave him toothsome scraps of personal history, and wove a glittering streak of profanity through his garrulous fabric that was refreshing to a spirit weary of the dull neutralities of undecorated speech.
Utopia is one of a quite unearthly sanity, of good management and comprehensive design in every material thing, and it has seemed to us a little incongruous that all the Utopians we have talked to, our host of last night, the post-mistress and our garrulous tramp, have been of the most commonplace type.
The sturdy East Anglian, half prize-fighter, half missionary, was a particular favourite of his, and so was the garrulous Secretary of the Navy.
We can vouch for our staff, but we can't vouch for some garrulous old cuss who blathers on about this female he just met.
Most boatmen were garrulous sorts, full of tales and exaggerations, but the crew of the Gift was of a different kind.
Round him were set his peers, as Panthous, Antenor, and Agenor, hardly grey, Scarce touch'd as yet with age, nor garrulous As are cicalas on a sunny day: Such might they be when years had slipp'd away, And made them over-weak for war or joy, Content to watch the Leaguer as it lay Beside the ships, beneath the walls of Troy.
The Councilmen turned on Jokan with intense expressions and garrulous queries.
Dido was surprisingly garrulous, and although Desie could understand nothing he said, she sensed in his impenetrably consonanted monologues a quaint sort of immigrant innocence.
Disdaining the heroic outfit, excitable in her methods, garrulous, episodical, shrill, she misled her lover much as she had misled her aunt.
On the two occasions I had seen her last August I underwent several complete identity-reorganizations, settling finally somewhere between the pained, laconic, inscrutable type and the knowing, garrulous, cynical, laugh a minute, yet something demonic about him, something nihilistic, muted death-wish type.