Definitions for: Voluble


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



Webster (1913) 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.

Synonyms: babbling, blathering, blithering, chatty, gabbling, gabby, garrulous, jabbering, loquacious, prattling, talkative, talky

Antonyms: taciturn

See Also: communicative, communicatory, prolix

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