Word of the Day – Gregarious

Word of the Day : March 15, 2022


adjective grih-GAIR-ee-us

What It Means

Gregarious means “tending to associate with others of one’s kind” and “enjoying or tending to enjoy the company of others,” which makes it synonymous with social and sociable.

//The documentary is filmed inside the burrows of the gregarious prairie dogs.

//The new hire is quite outgoing and gregarious.

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“The gregarious organizer of the Florida Renaissance Festival … is a 40-year Fort Lauderdale resident who turns 75 in April and sounds energized enough to slay any dragon who might drop by when the 30-year-old fair kicks off Saturday.” — Ben Crandell, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 3 Feb. 2022

Did You Know?

When you’re one of the herd, it’s tough to avoid being social. The origin of gregarious is from  the Latin noun grex, meaning “herd” or “flock.” When it first began appearing in English texts in the 17th century, gregarious was applied mainly to animals, but by the 18th century it was being used for social human beings as well.