1. greg- + -ary + -ous.
2. => "living in flocks" (of animals), pertaining to a flock, of the herd.
- gregarious: see segregate
- gregarious (adj.)
- 1660s, "disposed to live in flocks" (of animals), from Latin gregarius "pertaining to a flock; of the herd, of the common sort, common," from grex (genitive gregis) "flock, herd," from PIE *gre-g-, reduplicated form of root *ger- (1) "to gather together, assemble" (cognates: Sanskrit gramah "heap, troop;" Greek ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" Latin gremium "bosom, lap;" Old Church Slavonic grusti "handful," gramota "heap;" Lithuanian gurgulys "chaos, confusion," gurguole "crowd, mass"). Of persons, "sociable" first recorded 1789. Related: Gregariously; gregariousness.
- 1. Holmes was gregarious, a great wit, a man of wide interests.
- 2. Rodney was a cheerful, elegant and gregarious if rather contentious man.
- 3. She is such a gregarious and outgoing person.
- 4. These animals are highly gregarious.
- 5. They are gregarious birds and feed in flocks.
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