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Meaning of VOLUBLE

Pronunciation:  'vâlyubul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  marked by a ready flow of speech; "she is an extremely voluble young woman who engages in soliloquies not conversations"
 

VOLUBLE is a 7 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: babbling, blathering, blithering, chatty, gabbling, gabby, garrulous, jabbering, loquacious, prattling, talkative, talky
 
 Antonyms: taciturn
 
 See Also: communicative, communicatory, prolix

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vol"u*ble\, a. [L. volubilis, fr. volvere, volutum, to
roll, to turn round; akin to Gr. ? to infold, to inwrap, ? to
roll, G. welle a wave: cf. F. voluble. Cf. F. {Well} of
water, {Convolvulus}, {Devolve}, {Involve}, {Revolt}, {Vault}
an arch, {Volume}, {Volute}.]
1. Easily rolling or turning; easily set in motion; apt to
   roll; rotating; as, voluble particles of matter.

2. Moving with ease and smoothness in uttering words; of
   rapid speech; nimble in speaking; glib; as, a flippant,
   voluble, tongue.

         [Cassio,] a knave very voluble.       --Shak.

Note: Voluble was used formerly to indicate readiness of
      speech merely, without any derogatory suggestion. ``A
      grave and voluble eloquence.'' --Bp. Hacket.

3. Changeable; unstable; fickle. [Obs.]

4. (Bot.) Having the power or habit of turning or twining;
   as, the voluble stem of hop plants.

{Voluble stem} (Bot.), a stem that climbs by winding, or
   twining, round another body. -- {Vol"u*ble*ness}, n. --
   {Vol"u*bly}, adv.

 

 

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