Monday, October 25, 1999
sesquipedalian adjective [ses-kwuh-puh-DAYL-yuhn] Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
Definitions for sesquipedalian
- Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
- Long and ponderous; having many syllables.
- A long word.
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Citations for sesquipedalian
As a sesquipedalian stylist, he can throw a word like 'eponymous" into a sentence without missing a beat.
Plus he has a weakness for what we can mischievously call sesquipedalian excess: Look out for such terms as "epiphenomenal," "diegetic" and "proprioceptive."
Origin of sesquipedalian
Sesquipedalian comes from Latin sesquipedalis, "a foot and a half long, hence inordinately long," from sesqui, "one half more, half as much again" + pes, ped-, "a foot."