1. excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
  2. wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.


  1. given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
  2. wordy or diffuse; prolix

1610s, from Latin garrulus “talkative,” from garrire “to chatter,” from PIE root *gar- “to call, cry,” of imitative origin (cf. Greek gerys “voice, sound,” Ossetic zar “song,” Welsh garm, Old Irish gairm “noise, cry”). Related: Garrulously; garrulousness.

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