A garrulous person talks a LOT, often about stuff that doesn't matter, and often takes a long time to get to the point.
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Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a garrulous girl.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The girl was garrulous.”)
How to use it:
"Garrulous" is not a compliment, but you can still use it lightheartedly: "My garrulous friend does about 90% of the talking when we meet for lunch." The word usually describes people, but you can also have garrulous things, like a garrulous speech or a garrulous email, or a garrulous manner, a garrulous personality, etc.
I'm easily annoyed by garrulous salespeople, but only when what should be a three-minute errand turns into a long, one-sided conversation.
Planned haphazardly and delivered garrulously, the speech convinced no one.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "garrulous" means when you can explain it without saying “beating around the bush" or "talking on and on."
Think of someone chatty you enjoy listening to, and fill in the blanks: "I might zone out now and then when my garrulous (friend/ sister/ coworker, etc.) goes into detail about _____, but I still enjoy the time spent together."
Example: "I might zone out now and then when my garrulous friend goes into detail about that TV show she loves, but I still enjoy the time spent together."
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A Point Well Made:
Alexander Pope: "The sound must seem an echo of the sense."
1. The opposite of GARRULOUS is
2. Given how _____ her published articles are, her garrulousness in conversation was a surprise.
B. incredibly detailed
C. meticulously edited and concise
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