from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative.
  • adj. Wordy and rambling: a garrulous speech.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excessively or tiresomely talkative.
  • adj. Excessively wordy and rambling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative; loquacious.
  • adj. Having a loud, harsh note; noisy; -- said of birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Talkative; prating; loquacious; specifically, given to talking much and with much minuteness and repetition of unimportant or trivial details.
  • Synonyms Loquacious, etc. (see talkative); prattling, babbling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of trivial conversation


From Latin garrulus, from garrīre, to chatter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin garrulus ("talkative"), form of garrīre ("to chatter"). (Wiktionary)



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