The adjective loquacious describes someone or something as able to talk a lot, or tending to converse excessively.

It has the derivatives of loquaciously and loquaciousness, the adverb and noun forms respectively.

The word has been around since at least the middle of the seventeenth century. Its root is the Latin word for speaking loqui.

Loquacious is pronounced lōˈkwāSHəs (lo kway shus).


Former NFL cornerback Fred Smoot, a loquacious player who has been trying to launch a media career, will now have that media career derailed. [NBC Sports]

Scriptwriter Dennis Lehane (adapting from one of his own short stories) has a loquacious Catholic cop point out that the local church is about to be turned into yuppie flats (“We’ll get condos with stained-glass windows”). [Evening Standard]

The lanky but stylish Obama had reclined in one of his brown leather chairs and answered questions loquaciously, (although not many it must be said) almost as if he were alone in the room. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Later this season, Mixology alum Adam Campbell is set to play a younger version of NCIS’ loquaciously charming and universally beloved medical examiner Ducky (David McCallum), and EW has the first look. [Entertainment Weekly]

Sanders is known for his loquaciousness — he famously delivered a nearly nine-hour filibuster from the Senate floor four years ago — but offered only a two-sentence statement this week when asked for his thoughts about the recording sessions. [USA Today]

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