Word of the Week (WOW) – Gregarious

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Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practice with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.

Here is my WOW for this week:

gregarious

Word: Gregarious

Part of Speech: Adjective:

Adverb: gregariously

Noun: gregariousness

 Pronunciation:  gre·gar·ous  (gri-gair-ee-uh s)  (ɡrɪˈɡɛərɪəs)

 Meaning:

1. Fond of the company of others; sociable

2. Living in flocks or herds, as animals.

Herd of cattle. Attribution: CSIRO

Herd of cattle. Attribution: CSIRO

3. In botany: growing in open clusters or colonies but not matted together.

Gregarious moss phlox in Takinoue Park, Hokkaido. Commons: attribution Dr. Terra Khan

Gregarious moss phlox in Takinoue Park, Hokkaido. Commons: attribution Dr. Terra Khan

4. Pertaining to a flock or crowd.

Synonyms: 

social, sociable, genial, outgoing, convivial, companionable, friendly, extroverted, clubby, clubable

Antonyms:

antisocial, insociable, unsociable, unsocial, nongregarious, reclusive, solitary

Word Origin:  

1660-70 < Latin gregārius belonging to a flock = equivalent to greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ārius -arious   

Use in a sentence: 

1. Jenny was a gregarious little girl who wanted to play with every child she met and be their friend.

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2. The main problem with Martin was that his gregarious confidence vanished in social situations.

3. Flamingos are gregarious birds that do not do well in small flocks.

American Flamingos. Commons: Attribution Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA.

American Flamingos. Commons: Attribution Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA.

4. Gregarious behaviour benefits birds because it provides protection in numbers, giving individuals a better chance of survival.

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Evening roost over woods. Commons: attribution Rob Farrow

Stinkbug lava on grass

Stinkbug lava on grass

Gregarious is a useful word to use in writing, and can easily be applied to our characters, as sentences 1 and 2 above show. I first came across the word when I was about eleven, when a teacher was explaining its use by referring to the behaviour of sheep. Like all herd animals, they simply need to keep together for safety. Safety in numbers, as they say.

If you’d like to check out more interesting words then visit Heena’s page:

Word Treasure

About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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25 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Gregarious

  1. thatssojacob says:

    Good word. I have a list of every new word I’ve learned since age sixteen. Closing in on 5000.

  2. Ann Koplow says:

    Love the word and this gregarious post!

  3. Sharifah says:

    Really enjoyed this post. Poor Martin – he does have a problem.

  4. scrapydotwo says:

    Thanks for this interesting word. Hopefully I’ll use it one day. Makes the language/wringing richer or better said enriches the writing! 😀

    • milliethom says:

      I think you do a wonderful job with the English language, Scrapydotwo. But If you pick up more words as you go along, that would be great. Thank you for liking my word. 🙂

  5. Very interesting! (As always).

  6. Wonderful words for us (humans) who need to be gregarious 😛

  7. I love that word too. Great use of it is your post-beautiful images. 🙂

  8. I remember learning this word in Clue English. I may need to participate in a WoW myself!

  9. Norma says:

    I just love this word. 🙂

  10. Such an interesting and useful word Millie! Thanks you for sharing it and also for participating 🙂
    I’m gonna try and use this word today (as I’m gonna write a piece today.)
    I love that pink moss 😀

  11. Pingback: Word of Week (WOW) – Guttersnipe | Millie Thom

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