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Garrulous Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    garrulous adj : full of trivial conversation; "kept from her housework by gabby neighbors" [syn: chatty, gabby, loquacious, talkative, talky]
Garrulous Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Garrulous \Gar"ru*lous\, a. [L. garrulus, fr. garrire to chatter, talk; cf. Gr. ? voice, ? to speak, sing. Cf. Call.]
  1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative; loquacious. The most garrulous people on earth. --De Quincey.
  2. (Zo["o]l.) Having a loud, harsh note; noisy; -- said of birds; as, the garrulous roller. Syn: Garrulous, Talkative, Loquacious. Usage: A garrulous person indulges in long, prosy talk, with frequent repetitions and lengthened details; talkative implies simply a great desire to talk; and loquacious a great flow of words at command. A child is talkative; a lively woman is loquacious; an old man in his dotage is garrulous. -- Gar"ru*lous*ly, adv. -- Gar"ru*lous*ness, n.
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Prolixity (from Latin prolixus, "extended"; also called wordiness, verbosity and garrulousness) in language refers to speech or writing which uses an excess of words. Adjectival forms include prolix, wordy, verbose, and garrulous.

Prolixity can also be used to refer to the length of a monologue or speech, especially a formal address such as a lawyer's oral argument.

In writing, prolixity can take many forms, including:

Writing that is overflowing with ornate or flowery adjective-heavy language is known as purple prose. Tastes vary widely in this regard. What was once considered enthralling description can be considered excess by a later generation. An example:

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  • Invisible Ink: No 214 - Julian Maclaren-Ross
    From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witles Read more on this news related to 'Garrulous'
  • In Praise of the Garrulous by Allan Cameron – review
    A winning, welcome paean to the importance of being chatty It is one of the more depressing developments of the 21st century – and Lord knows, there is plenty of competition – that not only are languages dying out at a terrifying rate all over the world, but that this government would appear to be encouraging the view that teaching any language other than E Read more on this news related to 'Garrulous'
  • In Praise of the Garrulous by Allan Cameron
    A winning, welcome paean to the importance of being chatty It is one of the more depressing developments of the 21st century – and Lord knows, there is plenty of competition – that not only are languages dying out at a terrifying rate all over the world, but that this government would appear to be encouraging the view that teaching any language other than E Read more on this news related to 'Garrulous'

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