- characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose: She grew impatient at his wordy reply.
- pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.
Origin of wordy
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1. diffuse, talkative, loquacious, voluble. Wordy, prolix, redundant, pleonastic all mean using more words than necessary to convey a desired meaning. Wordy, the broadest and least specific of these terms, may, in addition to indicating an excess of words, suggest a garrulousness or loquaciousness: a wordy, gossipy account of a simple incident. Prolix refers to speech or writing extended to great and tedious length with inconsequential details: a prolix style that tells you more than you need or want to know. Redundant and pleonastic both refer to unnecessary repetition of language. Redundant has also a generalized sense of “excessive” or “no longer needed”: the dismissal of redundant employees. In describing language, it most often refers to overelaboration through the use of expressions that repeat the sense of other expressions in a passage: a redundant text crammed with amplifications of the obvious. Pleonastic, usually a technical term, refers most often to expressions that repeat something that has been said before: “A true fact” and “a free gift” are pleonastic expressions.
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Examples from the Web for wordiness
Thence much of the wordiness of our written, if not spoken, composition.An Outline of English Speech-craft
And yet there is no noisiness, no wordiness, about them; nothing like rant or violence.Discipline
Often simply redundant, used from a mere habit of wordiness.The Elements of Style
Boys dislike fussiness, and wordiness, and beating about the bush.Sunday-School Success
Amos R. Wells
McGregor was so irritated by what he took to be the wordiness of the man that he could not restrain himself.Marching Men
- using, inclined to use, or containing an excess of wordsa wordy writer; a wordy document
- of the nature of or relating to words; verbal
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Word Origin and History for wordiness
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