- consisting of several, especially four or more, syllables, as a word.
- characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc.
Origin of polysyllabic
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Examples from the Web for polysyllabic
"You haven't told me about the polysyllabic young man," she reminded.
Hence the polysyllabic, and the descriptive character of the language, so composite in its aspect and in its forms.
Swinburne's polysyllabic rage showed the force of the current he was trying to stem.Whitman
The languages differ—the Turanian, like the Oceanic and the American, being inflected and polysyllabic.Man and His Migrations</p>
R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
And by the way, I met that polysyllabic cowboy again—and I discovered that, on the whole, my estimate was incorrect.
- consisting of more than two syllables
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Word Origin and History for polysyllabic
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