- 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 wordy
He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The only effect of this remark was to turn the wordy torrent in his direction.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
"It was quite a wordy sarmon that Parson Grant gave us to-night," said Remarkable.The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
That would have been too strenuous for him, so he had to sit and weep tears of wordy rain.Adventures in the Arts
Lin had a wordy war with the treasurer soon after the doors opened.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- 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 wordy
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