Loquacious—What Does It Mean?
- Loquacious is an adjective we use to describe someone who talks easily, fluently, and a lot.
If you’re afraid of awkward silences but never know how to properly break them, you could try to find friends who are loquacious. There’s no such thing as an awkward silence for them because by definition loquacious people are silence’s worst enemies. But be careful—by the time you understand the meaning of loquacious and the pros and cons of having friends who can be described by that adjective, you might be yearning for some quiet time, even if it’s awkward.
A loquacious person finds it easy to talk a lot and to do it fluently. You might notice that loquacious sounds like other words that have to do with speaking, like eloquence and elocution. All of these words’ roots are tied to the Latin verb loqui, which means “to speak.”
Loquacious Synonyms and Antonyms
It is only fitting that loquacious has many synonyms. Instead of saying that someone is loquacious, you can say they are talkative, chatty, or voluble. If you want to take it up a notch, you can also say they are long-winded, garrulous, or verbose. If you need to take it even further, it might be time to ask them to be quiet for a bit.
But just as there are people who enjoy talking even when no one else shares their enthusiasm, there are people who are enjoy staying silent. You can describe them using some antonyms of loquacious: laconic, tight-lipped, reticent, or taciturn.
Loquacious in a Sentence—Examples
The loquacious guides take their time pointing out lighthouses and landmarks, as appreciative of the view as you are ($10). —The New York Times
Penn Jillette, the loquacious, towering half of the magicians Penn and Teller, has made an art form out of demonstrating how illusions are performed. —The Boston Globe
Tom, who died on Saturday, was a loquacious man, with a slightly receding hairline and a subtle sense of humor. —The New Yorker
But on the topic of migration, she is loquacious. —BBC