Meaning of voluble in English:



  • 1(of a person) talking fluently, readily, or incessantly.

    ‘a voluble game-show host’
    • ‘He is able; he is voluble; he's, I think, a very decent man, but again the campaign I think has not been there for him.’
    • ‘She is voluble about the support she has received from her family and friends, and the Cincinnati Zoo, whose help in sustaining the project has been crucial.’
    • ‘Nervous PR folk and man wielding a hair brush flutter around her nervously as the stunning actress is seated and rapidly surrounded by her voluble fans.’
    • ‘Well he's a voluble man, and you know, he has his own strong views.’
    • ‘I love these guys - they make me look like I'm clever, when really I'm just voluble and profane and tediously honest.’
    • ‘He doesn't speak about his wife at all, except to say she is still in Prague, but he is appropriately voluble about his daughter.’
    • ‘Butchers do know, and they're usually voluble about their product and will help you find what you want at the right price.’
    • ‘Never having been confronted with this question before, the usually voluble scientist answers evasively, and it temporarily sinks her mission as Earth's representative to other worlds.’
    • ‘Maybe they are the ‘good children’ in a big, voluble family to whom nobody pays much attention because the naughty boys are always centre-stage.’
    • ‘I found him to be a totally honest witness, but he is voluble and answers questions quite effusively, not always directly.’
    • ‘He is a voluble and glib speaker and said to be very ambitious.’
    • ‘She has a voluble and attractive personality, but even if she were cranky and bad-tempered I'd still go there because the food's really good.’
    • ‘The meetings were voluble and at times fierce.’
    • ‘He became animated and voluble; he even smiled.’
    • ‘Beyond that, he was unforgettable: flamboyant and voluble, the type of guy who gives everyone a nickname and who might break into a show tune at any moment.’
    • ‘Trade union leaders and managements are voluble in condemning each other without owning up responsibility.’
    • ‘A voluble, burly man with a flush face and a deep voice, he was a force throughout the weekend.’
    • ‘Rather, he is generous and voluble when asked about his personal life and his working habits, laughing frequently.’
    • ‘It will require the opinionated and voluble 48-year-old from Edinburgh's Muirhouse to soil his hands with the media, agents and all manner of those folk who make demands of an institution club's figurehead.’
    • ‘Those voices were more voluble and more naive ten years ago than they are today.’
    talkative, loquacious, garrulous, verbose, long-winded, wordy, chatty, chattery, gossipy, chattering, babbling, blathering, prattling, jabbering, effusive, gushing, forthcoming, conversational, communicative, expansive, open, unreserved
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    1. 1.1(of speech) characterized by fluency and readiness of utterance.
      ‘an excited and voluble discussion’
      • ‘I think I upheld the honour of Scotland by making a voluble speech of thanks.’
      • ‘To some extent this is a public, formal persona that is belied by the intimacy and voluble conversation shared by good friends and family members.’
      wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble, orotund, expansive, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusive
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Middle English (in senses ‘rotating about an axis’ and ‘having a tendency to change’): from French, or from Latin volubilis, from volvere ‘to roll’. The modern meanings arose in the late 16th century.