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verbiage

[vur-bee-ij]
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noun
  1. overabundance or superfluity of words, as in writing or speech; wordiness; verbosity.
  2. manner or style of expressing something in words; wording: a manual of official verbiage.
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Origin of verbiage

1715–25; < French, equivalent to Middle French verbi(er) to gabble + -age -age
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British Dictionary definitions for verbage

verbiage

noun
  1. the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity
  2. rare diction; wording
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Old French verbier to chatter, from verbe word, from Latin verbum
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Word Origin and History for verbage

n.

variant of verbiage (q.v.).

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verbiage

n.

1721, from French verbiage "wordiness" (17c.), from Middle French verbier "to chatter," from Old French verbe "word," from Latin verbum "word" (see verb).

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