talkative

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj talkative friendly and open and willing to talk "wine made the guest expansive"
    • adj talkative unwisely talking too much
    • adj talkative full of trivial conversation "kept from her housework by gabby neighbors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Talkative Given to much talking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • talkative Inclined to talk or converse; ready or apt to engage in conversation; freely communicative; chatty.
    • talkative Synonyms Talkative, Loquacious, Garrulous. Talkative is a mildly unfavorable word; the others are clearly unfavorable. Talkative is applied to a person who is in the habit of speaking frequently, whether much is said at one speaking or not: thus, a lively child may be talkative. A loquacious person is one who has this inclination with a greater flow of words, and perhaps a disposition to make many-words of a small matter. Garrulous is the word applied to mental decline, as in old age, and implies feeble, prosy, continuous talk, with needless repetitions and tiresome details. The subject of a garrulous person's talk is generally himself or his own affairs or observations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Talkative given to much talking: prating
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prof. Skeat takes the M. E. talken from Scand., and that from Lithuanian; Sw. tolka (Ice. túlka), to interpret—Lith. tulkas, an interpreter. Prob., however, the M. E. talken is talen, talien, to speak, with formative -k, giving a freq. or dim. force; cf. Tale.

Usage

In literature:

Even Madame Maze grew talkative, certain as she felt that the Blessed Virgin would restore her husband to her.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Apparently she was not a talkative woman.
"Roughing It, Part 1." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Now that Boche was alone with the Coupeaus, the concierge became quite talkative and slapped them on the shoulders.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Neither was her companion talkative.
"A Little Bush Maid" by Mary Grant Bruce
One old fellow was very talkative.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart
He was rather surprised to find him so talkative and so very friendly.
"With Edged Tools" by Henry Seton Merriman
Guillaume, however, was very talkative.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
The guests seemed to understand, for a sudden hush fell on the talkative tongues.
"The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys" by Gulielma Zollinger
He is very talkative just before meal-times, and is versed in all the feline arts of making one's self understood.
"Concerning Cats" by Helen M. Winslow
As he was usually such a talkative fellow, this keeping still must have been in the line of great punishment to Steve.
"With Trapper Jim in the North Woods" by Lawrence J. Leslie
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In poetry:

This is a wristwatch
telling the time
of the talkative man
that lies in the house of Bedlam.
"Visits To St. Elizabeth's" by Elizabeth Bishop
Land, land, land, nothing remains
Of the pacing, famous sea but its speech,
And into its talkative seven tombs
The anchor dives through the floors of a church.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
There was an Old Woman at Gloster,
Whose parrot two guineas it cost her;
But his tongue never ceasing,
Was vastly displeasing
To that talkative Woman of Gloster.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British
An aged fox near the place chanc'd to dwell,
Talkative, clever, and learned as well;
The boy his society used to prize,
Hearing with pleasure his wonders and lies.
"The Dilettante And The Critic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In vain the talkative unite
In hopes of permanent delight—
The secret just committed,
Forgetting its important weight,
They drop through mere desire to prate,
And by themselves outwitted.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
The peacocks scream and the grey Doves coo,
Little green, talkative Parrots woo,
And small grey Squirrels, with fear askance,
At alien me, in their furtive glance,
Come shyly, with quivering fur, to see
The stranger under their Tamarind tree.
"Reverie OfMahomed Akram At The Tamarind Tank" by Laurence Hope

In news:

'Most Talkative ': Andy Cohen dishes about book, plays 'Plead the Fifth'.
Andy Cohen's book "Most Talkative " offers a behind-the-scenes look at pop culture.
The New Generation Of Marathoners Is A Lot More Talkative Than My Peers Were.
More From a Talkative Body Part.
Magician Penn Jillette, the talkative half of the Penn & Teller duo, has been into tech for so long that he has one of the earliest e-mail addresses.
She is quite talkative and likes to be near her people.
Lessons of a too-talkative operative .
Researchers aren't quite sure how he does it, or even why, but he's a talkative type.
I like talkative bartenders, don't you.
Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's talkativeness has worked against her again as she awaits trial in the "pizza bomber" case.
Between endless e-mail conversations and talkative co-workers, getting actual work done during the day isn't always an easy proposition.
'Most Talkative': Andy Cohen dishes about book, plays ' Plead the Fifth'.
Andy Cohen's book "Most Talkative" offers a behind-the-scenes look at pop culture.
Talkative, friendly, and a newcomer to Petoskey, artist Bill Hosner is not afraid to take chances.
In his new memoir 'Most Talkative,' the Bravo executive and host recounts everything from high school to crazy experiences on his talk show.
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In science:

Afghanistan still tops the list but now most of the talkative counties come from Eastern Europe (Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia).
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
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