gregarious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gregarious instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others "he is a gregarious person who avoids solitude"
    • adj gregarious (of animals) tending to form a group with others of the same species "gregarious bird species"
    • adj gregarious (of plants) growing in groups that are close together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Gregarious Habitually living or moving in flocks or herds; tending to flock or herd together; not habitually solitary or living alone. "No birds of prey are gregarious ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gregarious Disposed to live in flocks or herds; inclined to gather in companies; not preferring solitude or restricted companionship: as, cattle and sheep are gregarious animals; men are naturally gregarious.
    • gregarious In botany, growing in open clusters, not matted together.
    • gregarious By Drude and subsequent writers gregarious plants are further determined as growing in patches among other vegetation, thus contrasting with social species, which dominate the whole ground.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gregarious gre-gā′ri-us associating or living in flocks and herds
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Quotations

  • George Steiner
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    “There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Man is a gregarious animal and much more so in his mind than in his body. A golden rule; judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.”
  • Gabriel Byrne
    Gabriel Byrne
    “I'm not a very gregarious person. I can't bear attention being called to me in a public place, which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gregarius, fr. grex, gregis, herd; cf. Gr. to assemble, Skr. jar, to approach. Cf. Congregate Egregious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. gregariusgrex, gregis, a flock.

Usage

In literature:

What we had seen in the large towns, and in the large gregarious life of cities, we saw "close up" at Nipigon.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Gregariousness, its effect on individuality, 118, 119.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
But the family keeps man more social, more gregarious, and less selfish.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
His gregarious instincts also enable him to make a success of work with others.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Had I been of a more gregarious and social bent, the experience must have broken my heart, or unhinged my mind, I think.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
He was gregarious in his habits, susceptible and subject to sudden enthusiasms.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
They are strong, but only when they act gregariously, not when they act as free and irresponsible individuals.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
His strength lay in his being gregarious.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
The behavior of a gregarious animal when separated from his fellows shows the same sort of thing.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
They are social, but not gregarious.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
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In poetry:

The Sheep is gentle, meek and mild,
And led in herds by man or child—
Being less savage than the rabbit,
Sheep are gregarious by habit.
"The Sheep" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

Gil Cates was a gregarious man of great patience and generous instincts who always seemed to be testing himself.
Anderson, cashier at Shannon's Bank, 324 Ohio St in Terre Haute, was trustworthy and gregarious.
After 49 years, gregarious Father Naus no longer at Marquette.
Jim Hoagland on the fall of a gregarious Frenchman.
With an Obama victory, Wall Street pivots to plan B. Harper Lee, Gregarious for a Day.
Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink , which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place.
Ever smiling, gregarious and lovable, Coral Gables own Marge Hartnett lived each day to the fullest always bringing laughter with her.
Yo-Yo Ma, always a gregarious player, lets fly at the Bowl.
He can be gregarious on good days, angry on bad ones.
ATHENS and Rome are far older, Paris and Prague are more beautiful, but what European capital can match the voluble, gregarious and insomniac inhabitants of Madrid.
A gregarious recluse, McCarthy has lots of friends who know that he likes to be left alone.
I would modify it to, "Big whitetails don't get that way by being gregarious.".
They don't regale the media with gregarious dialogue.
Jeremiah Chatham is the kind of person who looks far too gregarious to be wearing a suit.
He was the gregarious kid on the block, neighbors say, who others were drawn to and whom adults admired for his politeness.
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In science:

Peers who have many statistical contacts during a daily path are good carriers of messages. These more sociable or gregarious peers provide a stronger method by which to share content or messages.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
The child formed by adjoining an element which is spacelike to every other element will be called the gregarious child.
A Classical Sequential Growth Dynamics for Causal Sets
The timid child is Cb and the gregarious child is Cc .
A Classical Sequential Growth Dynamics for Causal Sets
Every such child, except the timid child, participates in a Bell causality equation with the gregarious child. (See the proof of Lemma 5 in the Appendix.) Hence (since Bell causality equates ratios), all these transitions are determined up to an overall factor.
A Classical Sequential Growth Dynamics for Causal Sets
Lemma 2 The probability to add a completely disconnected element (the “gregarious child transition”) depends only on the cardinality of the parent causal set.
A Classical Sequential Growth Dynamics for Causal Sets
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