Meaning of gregarious

gregarious




If you know someone who’s outgoing, sociable, and fond of the company of others, you might want to call her gregarious.

The word was originally used to describe animals that live in flocks — it’s from the Latin word grex, meaning “herd.” Not surprisingly, people began using it to describe humans who liked being in groups. Today biologists still speak of gregarious species, but you’re more likely to hear it in reference to people. Despite what you might suspect, it has no historical connection to the name Gregory — but if you know an outgoing fellow with that name, you could call him Greg-arious.

Definitions of gregarious
  1. adjective

    instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

    “he is a
    gregarious person who avoids solitude”
    Synonyms:

    social

    living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
  2. adjective

    (of animals) tending to form a group with others of the same species

    gregarious bird species”
    Synonyms:

    social

    living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups
    social

    tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind
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    Antonyms:

    ungregarious

    (of animals) not gregarious
    unsocial

    not seeking or given to association; being or living without companions
    nongregarious, nonsocial, solitary

    of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies
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  3. adjective

    (of plants) growing in groups that are close together

    Synonyms:

    clustered

    growing close together but not in dense mats
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    Antonyms:

    ungregarious

    (of plants) growing together in groups that are not close together
    caespitose, cespitose, tufted

    (of plants) growing in small dense clumps or tufts
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