D'Artagnan recoiled, as though the sesquipedalian syllables had knocked the breath out of his body.
Fact was, he had monologued it in his most sesquipedalian phraseology.
That colored orator and model letter-writer must look to his sesquipedalian fame.
The gentlemen with this sesquipedalian title control the railways or portions of railways in their own circles.
He said that when it took a whole basketful of sesquipedalian adjectives to whoop up a thing of beauty, it was time for suspicion.
But "documentary evidence" was too sesquipedalian to submit to without a protest.
He was indebted to a ruse of Aunt Margaret for his historic and sesquipedalian name.
What a sesquipedalian terminology it is with which they bewilder the lay mind and overpower the student!
You know I am nothing if not "sesquipedalian" and scientific; and a word of five syllables will do for both qualities.
I felt satisfied it was a friendly one; and was now more anxious than ever of overtaking its sesquipedalian owner.
1610s, "person or thing a foot and a half long," from Latin sesquipedalia "a foot-and-a-half long," from sesqui- "half as much again" (see sesqui-) + stem of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). As an adjective 1650s.
Meaning "sesquipedalian word" (1830) is from Latin sesquipedalia verba "words a foot-and-a-half long," in Horace's "Ars Poetica" (97), nicely illustrating the thing he is criticizing.