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verbose

[ver-bohs] /vərˈboʊs/
adjective
1.
characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy:
a verbose report.
Origin of verbose
1665-1675
1665-75; < Latin verbōsus, equivalent to verb(um) word + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
verbosely, adverb
verboseness, noun
unverbose, adjective
unverbosely, adverb
unverboseness, noun
Can be confused
verbal, verbose.
Synonyms
prolix; tedious, inflated, turgid; voluble, talkative, loquacious.
Antonyms
laconic.
Synonym Study
See bombastic.
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  • The Spaniards, with their verbose solemnity, particularly bored him.

  • In style they are verbose and heavy and very frequently polemical.

  • O'Mally, verbose as ever, did all the talking and vending of news.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • So Mrs. Beecot wrote in her verbose style, and with some errors of grammar.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • The verbose Marmot, wordless; the listless Slaughter, dominant.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • Some are verbose in the extreme, others are terse to barrenness.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • The pencil was verbose every time general subjects were broached.

  • It was an epic in blank verse—dreary, monotonous, and verbose.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • These were not statements of knowledge, but verbose confessions of ignorance.

British Dictionary definitions for verbose

verbose

/vɜːˈbəʊs/
adjective
1.
using or containing an excess of words, so as to be pedantic or boring; prolix
Derived Forms
verbosely, adverb
verbosity (vɜːˈbɒsɪtɪ), verboseness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin verbōsus from verbum word
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Word Origin and History for verbose
adj.

1540s (implied in verbosity), from Latin verbosus "full of words, wordy," from verbum "word" (see verb).

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