garrulous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj garrulous full of trivial conversation "kept from her housework by gabby neighbors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garrulous (Zoöl) Having a loud, harsh note; noisy; -- said of birds; as, the garrulous roller.
    • Garrulous Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative; loquacious. "The most garrulous people on earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • garrulous Talkative; prating; loquacious; specifically, given to talking much and with much minuteness and repetition of unimportant or trivial details.
    • garrulous Synonyms Loquacious, etc. (see talkative); prattling, babbling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Garrulous gar′ū-lus talkative
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Quotations

  • Paul Klee
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    “Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. garrulus, fr. garrire, to chatter, talk; cf. Gr. voice, to speak, sing. Cf. Call
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. garrulusgarrīre, to chatter.

Usage

In literature:

Often she makes them odious with conceit or deformity or dumbness or garrulity.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
He realised he could depend upon Fuellenberg's garrulousness for every item of interest.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Beratinsky was silent, and even surly: Reitzei garrulous and self-satisfied.
"Sunrise" by William Black
She was altogether too reticent and silent for that garrulous person's liking.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
Besides I could take no chance now with his garrulous tongue.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
At lunch I addressed myself to Mr. Barton; he was too flattered at my attention, and continued to chatter garrulously.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
The driver grew garrulous.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They are pleasure-loving and garrulous, though this latter trait is not, I suppose, a specially national characteristic.
"Spanish Life in Town and Country" by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
She was a good listener, and he grew garrulous.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
The streets were filled by French peasants, as usual excited and garrulous, and by men settling down to their billets.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
Stephen was inclined to be garrulous and Lavinia had not much occasion to put in a word.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
His sister, Lady Cottesbrook, a gay and garrulous lady some years his senior, received the new agent with considerable condescension.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The garrulous sparrows perch on metal Burns.
"Silverpoints" by John Gray
I could mention many instances of this kind, but I shall reserve them till I have grown older; then I will be as garrulous as Montaigne.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
But I will let the garrulous old veteran speak for himself, a thing which he was never loth to do.
"Uncle Rutherford's Nieces" by Joanna H. Mathews
Picture the Sphinx growing garrulous.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
In a very few minutes it produced, as in many white men, a tendency to become garrulous.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
The maids grew garrulous.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
It really was time to check the old servant's vulgar garrulity.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Eph smiled; but he remembered what would have made him pardon, a thousand times over, the old man's garrulousness.
"The Village Convict" by Heman White Chaplin
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In poetry:

SCHNETZEN.
Who tells me? Ask the Judengasse walls,
The garrulous stones publish Prince William's visits
To his fair mistress.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
The Tea, that in the magic of its Flow
Anoints the Tongue to wag of So-and-So,
To gabble garbled Garrulousness ere
You lay the Cup and Saucer down and Go.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The King retired; the stranger guest
Followed and entered with the rest;
The lights were out, the pages gone,
But still the garrulous guest spake on.
Dead rides Sir Morten of Fogelsang.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part. 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VI. -- The Wraith Of Od" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Garrulous bird, what will you here
Over the lofty mountains?
Surely your nest was there less drear,
Taller the trees, the outlook clear;—
Will you then only bring me
Longings, but naught to wing me?
"Over The Lofty Mountains" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Outdoors the chill, the void, the siren. Indoors
The strong man pained to find his red blood cools,
While the blind clock grows louder, faster. Outdoors
The silent moon, the garrulous tides she rules.
"House On A Cliff" by Louis MacNeice
I tapp'd at the door of the year-stricken Eld,
Where age, as I thought, had old memories quell'd,--
But still all his garrulous fancies outwell'd
Strange old-fashion'd stories
Of pleasures and glories
That once were at Home!
"Home" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Biden's garrulity, gaffes are antithesis of authenticity.
Iterary biography of the Anglo-American variety has its roots in Samuel Johnson's terse lives of the English poets and James Boswell's garrulous life of Johnson.
There is a terrible garrulousness in most American writing, legacy of the old Frontier.
Biden's garrulity, gaffes are antithesis of authenticity.
Given to fluent or excessive talk: garrulous.
Cheerfully diffident, garrulous yet uninflected, blithely self-absorbed, the mumblecore brand proliferates: Last year's star vehicles Greenberg and Cyrus introduced the concept of mega- mumble .
On last year's superb Xylophonen Virtuosen (Incus), a collection of improvised duets with guitarist Jim O'Rourke, Swedish reedist Mats Gustafsson counters his partner's fractured acoustic fingerpicking with garrulous huffs, growls, and pops.
After all, the garrulous Jets coach has been known to put his foot in his mouth on occasion, the most recent being last week's claims that had San Diego hired him in 2007, he'd have won two rings there by now.
Ricardo Brutus, the garrulous 31-year-old nephew of North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre, swaggers down a narrow hallway on the second floor of a gritty building just south of Opa-locka Boulevard.
But garrulous gimmicks pollute the praise.
Despite their hard-living, honky-tonk-rebel image, the Road Kill Kings are actually charming, garrulous good ol' boys.
A series of yakking, lipsticked cartoon mouths open La Vie au Ranch, a film that puts too much faith in the appeal of its garrulous, aimless leads.
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