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

  • adj. Marked by a ready flow of speech; fluent.
  • adj. Turning easily on an axis; rotating.
  • adj. Botany Twining or twisting: a voluble vine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Fluent or having a ready flow of speech; garrulous or loquacious; tonguey.
  • adj. Expressed readily or at length and in a fluent manner.
  • adj. Easily rolling or turning; having a fluid, undulating motion.
  • adj. Twisting and turning like a vine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Easily rolling or turning; easily set in motion; apt to roll; rotating.
  • adj. Moving with ease and smoothness in uttering words; of rapid speech; nimble in speaking; glib.
  • adj. Changeable; unstable; fickle.
  • adj. Having the power or habit of turning or twining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed so as to roll with ease, or to be easily turned or set in motion; apt to roll; rolling; rotating; revolving.
  • Characterized by a great flow of words or by glibness of utterance; speaking with plausible fluency: as, a voluble politician.
  • Changeable; mutable.
  • In botany, of a twining habit; rising spirally around a support, as the hop.

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

  • adj. marked by a ready flow of speech


Middle English, moving easily, from Old French, from Latin volūbilis, revolving, fluent, from volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin volūbilis ("rolling"), from volvō ("I roll"). (Wiktionary)



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  • volubility
    noun: the quality of talking or writing easily and continuously

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  • adj. Talkative

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  • voluble: of fluent speech.
    voluble: inconstant.

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