Gregarious is a common word we come across often, in writing and speech but does everyone know what it really means? Sort of. May be. Not really! In the past we would have had to get a dictionary out and look it up so it was a bit of hassle finding one close to hand and hence we may not have bothered. Just accepted it and made assumptions about what it actually means.

So when I came across the word today, after a long while, in the Sunday Times Newspaper Magazine written by a man who described his father as not being particularly ‘gregarious’. I had to google it for a description.

Gregarious means a person who is sociable, fond of company. So being ‘not-gregarious’ is the opposite. Not having a large social circle, connections with people of your own kind perhaps. See below

“What is a gregarious person?1a : tending to associate with others of one’s kind : social gregarious animals. b : marked by or indicating a liking for companionship : sociable is friendly, outgoing, and gregarious.”

“(of a person) fond of company; sociable.”he was a popular and gregarious man”

So, now I know for sure!

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