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[wur-dee] /ˈwɜr di/
adjective, wordier, wordiest.
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
before 1100; Middle English; Old English wordig. See word, -y1
Related forms
wordily, adverb
wordiness, noun
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wordiness
Historical Examples
  • Thence much of the wordiness of our written, if not spoken, composition.

  • And yet there is no noisiness, no wordiness, about them; nothing like rant or violence.

    Discipline Charles Kingsley
  • Often simply redundant, used from a mere habit of wordiness.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • 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 Sherwood Anderson
  • Here is a writer who began literature with a sense of words, and who is declining into a mere sense of wordiness.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd
  • An unnecessary profusion of words is called verbiage: verbosity, wordiness.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • They have the wordiness of hasty composition, and the discursive rhetoric intended to catch the attention of an indolent audience.

  • Verbosity and wordiness denote an excess of words in proportion to the thought.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • His wordiness hurts tender ears when he so often and apparently without any use repeats the same things.

British Dictionary definitions for wordiness


adjective wordier, wordiest
using, inclined to use, or containing an excess of words: a wordy writer, a wordy document
of the nature of or relating to words; verbal
Derived Forms
wordily, adverb
wordiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wordiness



Old English wordig "verbose;" see word (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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