gregarious (adj.) 1660s, "living in flocks" (of animals), from L. gregarius "pertaining to a flock; of the herd, of the common sort, common," from grex (gen. gregis) "flock, herd," reduplication of PIE root *ger- "to gather together, assemble" (Cf. Gk. ageirein "to assemble," agora "assembly;" O.C.S. grusti "handful;" Lith. gurgulys "chaos, confusion," gurguole "crowd, mass"). Sense of "sociable" first recorded 1789. Related: Gregariously; gregariousness.

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