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[vuh-loo-muh-nuh s] /vəˈlu mə nəs/
forming, filling, or writing a large volume or many volumes:
a voluminous edition.
sufficient to fill a volume or volumes:
a voluminous correspondence.
of great volume, size, or extent:
voluminous flow of lava.
of ample size, extent, or fullness:
voluminous petticoats.
having many coils, convolutions, or windings.
Origin of voluminous
1605-15; < Late Latin volūminōsus full of folds, equivalent to Latin volūmin- (stem of volūmen) volume + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
voluminously, adverb
voluminousness, voluminosity
[vuh-loo-muh-nos-i-tee] /vəˌlu məˈnɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
hypervoluminous, adjective
hypervoluminously, adverb
hypervoluminousness, noun
supervoluminous, adjective
supervoluminously, adverb
unvoluminous, adjective
unvoluminously, adverb
unvoluminousness, noun
Can be confused
compendious, voluminous.
3. extensive, copious, ample. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for voluminously
Historical Examples
  • They hung from him voluminously, seeming to be the clothes of a larger man.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • This letter he finally did answer, not voluminously, but with all cordiality.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Cornelius, her son, had written her often and voluminously since her trip southwards.

  • For there have been few things so voluminously discussed as poetry.

  • voluminously he bragged of the velocipede in the stable at home.

    Whilomville Stories

    Stephen Crane
  • Each day while on shipboard, David wrote to Cassandra, voluminously.

    The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine
  • And on he went, voluminously, in his full, upholstered voice.

  • The minutes dragged by, to the tune of several chapters of family history as voluminously interpreted by Mrs. Denson.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He read at odd moments; at night voluminously—until very late, sometimes.

  • It is a mass of noble faces and voluminously robed figures, emerging each above the other like flowers in a vase.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for voluminously


of great size, quantity, volume, or extent
(of writing) consisting of or sufficient to fill volumes
prolific in writing or speech
(obsolete) winding
Derived Forms
voluminosity (vəˌluːmɪˈnɒsɪtɪ), voluminousness, noun
voluminously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin volūminōsus full of windings, from volūmenvolume
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Word Origin and History for voluminously



"forming a large mass," 1610s, from Late Latin voluminosus, from Latin volumen (genitive voluminis) "volume" (see volume). Related: Voluminously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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