talkative

adjective

the talkative person in the seat next to mine

Syn:
chatty, loquacious, garrulous, voluble, conversational, communicative; gossipy, babbling, blathering; long-winded, wordy, verbose, prolix; informal gabby, mouthy, motormouthed, talky
Ant:
taciturn
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talkative, garrulous, glib, loquacious, voluble
Someone who likes to talk frequently or at length might be described as talkative (He was the most talkative person I'd ever met). This word implies a readiness to engage in talk, while loquacious implies an inclination to talk incessantly or to keep up a constant flow of chatter (a loquacious woman who never seemed to tire of hearing her own voice). Glib and voluble pertain to the ease with which someone is able to converse or speak, although voluble may be used in either an approving or a critical sense (a voluble speaker who was in great demand; a voluble neighbor who could not keep a secret). Glib is almost always negative, referring to a superficial or slick way of speaking (the glib manner of a used-car salesperson). Garrulous also has negative overtones, implying a tedious or rambling talkativeness, usually about trivial things (a garrulous old man who bored everyone with his stories about "the old days").

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  • talkative — talkative, loquacious, garrulous, voluble, glib are comparable chiefly as applied to persons and their moods and as meaning given to talk or talking. The same distinctions in implications and connotations are also seen in their corresponding… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • talkative — [tôk′ətiv] adj. talking, or fond of talking, a great deal; loquacious talkatively adv. talkativeness n. SYN. TALKATIVE, implying a fondness for talking frequently or at length, is perhaps the least derogatory of these words [a jolly, talkative… …   English World dictionary

  • Talkative — Talk a*tive, a. Given to much talking. [1913 Webster] Syn: Garrulous; loquacious. See {Garrulous}. [1913 Webster] {Talk a*tive*ly}, adv. {Talk a*tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • talkative — index demonstrative (expressive of emotion), flatulent, loquacious, voluble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • talkative — (adj.) mid 15c.; see TALK (Cf. talk) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Talkatively; talkativeness …   Etymology dictionary

  • talkative — This word is surprisingly early (15c). Fowler (1926) forbore to attack it despite its being a ‘hybrid’, i.e. the Latinate suffix ative has been added to the English word talk. But he pointed out that this was the only example of its kind relating …   Modern English usage

  • talkative — [adj] excessively communicative articulate, big mouthed*, chattering, chatty*, effusive, eloquent, fluent, full of hot air*, gabby*, garrulous, glib, gossipy, long winded*, loose lipped*, loquacious, loudmouthed*, mouthy*, multiloquent, prolix,… …   New thesaurus

  • talkative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fond of or given to talking. DERIVATIVES talkatively adverb talkativeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • talkative — talkatively, adv. talkativeness, n. /taw keuh tiv/, adj. inclined to talk a great deal: One drink and she became very talkative. [1400 50; late ME; see TALK, ATIVE] Syn. wordy, verbose, prolix. TALKATIVE, GARRULOUS, LOQUACIOUS characterize a… …   Universalium

  • talkative — adjective Date: 15th century given to talking; also full of talk • talkatively adverb • talkativeness noun Synonyms: talkative, loquacious, garrulous, voluble mean given to talk or talking. talkative may imply a readiness to engage in talk or a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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