What Does Loquacious Mean? | Definition & Examples

Loquacious is an adjective meaning “given to excessive talk.” Depending on the context, it can be used positively or negatively.

While loquacious is often used interchangeably with “talkative,” it can also have a more nuanced meaning. In some instances, it implies that the speaker is particularly articulate or eloquent in a way that “talkative” does not.

Example: Loquacious in a sentence
On the topic of whales, Carmen is loquacious.

The principal, who’s usually quite aloof, was loquacious that afternoon.

At the party, I was stuck talking to the loquacious woman everyone else was trying to avoid.

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Frequently asked questions

What are some synonyms of “loquacious”?

Some synonyms for “loquacious” include:

  • Chatty
  • Conversational
  • Garrulous
  • Long-winded
  • Prolix
  • Talkative
  • Talky
  • Verbose
  • Voluble
  • Wordy

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What is an antonym for “loquacious”?

Some antonyms (opposites) of “loquacious” include:

  • Laconic
  • Mute
  • Quiet
  • Reticent
  • Silent
  • Speechless
  • Taciturn
  • Tight-lipped
  • Uncommunicative

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