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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 wordy
Historical Examples
  • 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 Marsden Hartley
  • Lin had a wordy war with the treasurer soon after the doors opened.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • What are her image and attributes, when dragged from her wordy lurking-place?

  • But the weakness of the wordy denial was itself almost a confession.


    George Washington Cable
  • The comedies are always long and wordy and generally tedious.


    William Graham Sumner
  • The Douglas men met the threat with a defiance,—not wordy, but resolute.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Now, there was nothing that Red enjoyed any more than a wordy battle.

British Dictionary definitions for wordy


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 wordy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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