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I'm looking for a verb that expresses the action of talking a lot or giving a lot of information.

I found the verb "to babble" for example, but I think it also means being a bit boring, annoying which is not necessarily true in my case.

Edit I chose initially not to explain the usage because I thought nobody would take it seriously. But to make this question clearer, let's do it anyway.

First, I'm curious if there is such a verb. :) Second, I usually try to use expressive words and verbs in my programs, but also try to avoid too long notations, hence I'm looking for a simple verb, not a "convoluted" expression.

  • Not a verb, but the person you are describing is a "good conversationalist". – ab2 ReinstateMonicaNow Jul 8 '17 at 23:50
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    There's not enough detail, could you please write a sentence where this verb would be used. And can you tell us which words you discarded when you searched babble in a thesaurus. – Mari-Lou A Jul 9 '17 at 0:02
  • Again, not verbs but such a person may be considered loquacious or garrulous. – Jim Mack Jul 9 '17 at 1:15
  • in a program, I want to name a function that sends more information than usual. – Romain Vincent Jul 9 '17 at 14:49
  • Mari-Lou A Nice guess ^^. I simply put Talk I think. But I usually cross multiple words and read definitions to make sure I'm not taking a completely out of place one. There are lots of them on Thesaurus sadly. – Romain Vincent Jul 9 '17 at 15:07
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The first one that comes to mind is "gab." As in kissing the Blarney stone gives you the gift of "gab." Or "he can't stop gabbing like a teenaged girl."

  • Well thank you for this quick answer :). I'll wait a bit maybe there will be more answers. – Romain Vincent Jul 8 '17 at 23:33
  • Gab for me at least has the negative connotation of being empty of real content. – MAA Jul 9 '17 at 6:13
  • @MAA Agree. Just be careful how you use it. The "gift of gab" can be derisive and can also leave a taste of empty content. So be careful there. Loquacious is a good option but is an adjective. You can use Loquaciously, which is an adverb. I would go with "loquaciously talking...." or "volubly speaking...." or something of that nature. – Kace36 Jul 9 '17 at 7:07
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There is also chattering (to chatter) (or the cliché "chattering like a magpie"), talking volubly, and, as a more "passive" construction, just being loquacious.

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    Hi Maria. Your answer would be improved by adding references. – vpn Jul 9 '17 at 1:56
  • +1 "loquacious" is the first word that came to mind for me - which of course isn't a verb, but I think best communicates the idea. – MAA Jul 9 '17 at 6:10
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    Except I clearly asked for a verb :) – Romain Vincent Jul 9 '17 at 14:43
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How about waffling or waffled.

Ex. The teacher is waffling on about English Grammar again.

Ex. He waffled on and on about the price of oranges.

I will stop now before I'm accused of waffling too much.

  • According to Merriam-Webster, waffle means "to talk or write foolishly." I'd consider that "annoyingly." – vpn Jul 9 '17 at 1:56
  • Waffling means long winded but whether it is foolish or annoying is purely subjective. I can listen to someone waffling, but I might find them amusing or even interesting. – user242899 Jul 9 '17 at 2:56
  • do you have a dictionary that supports this? – vpn Jul 9 '17 at 16:11
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verbose, loquacious

both words mean to talk a great deal, and have a slightly negative connotation

  • These words are related, but the OP asked for a verb; these are adjectives. – vpn Jul 9 '17 at 1:57
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A person who is articulate talks fluently and communicates information.

See http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/articulate%20speech.

Most descriptions of people who talk a lot, like chatty, garrulous, etc., have a slightly negative connotation of talking too much and not listening enough.

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Finally I wondered again how I would say it in my mother language. Turns out there's a word that spells the same in English:

So one could use to detail.

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