speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.

Origin of grandiloquent

First recorded in 1585–95; grandiloqu(ence) + -ent
Related formsgran·dil·o·quent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for grandiloquent

Antonyms for grandiloquent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for grandiloquently

extravagantly, grandiloquently, lengthily, oratorically

Examples from the Web for grandiloquently

Historical Examples of grandiloquently

  • “‘Whom the gods love, die young,’” quoted I grandiloquently, like Mawley.

    She and I, Volume 1

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • I never heard of a man who spoke of himself so grandiloquently!

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope

  • "It's the guys higher up that does the thinkin'," said Grey grandiloquently.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • "Englishmen do not care to discuss the lady of their choice," he said grandiloquently.

    Beggars on Horseback

    F. Tennyson Jesse

  • “Then let us ride forth and win them to our side,” said the Nana grandiloquently.

    The Red Year

    Louis Tracy

British Dictionary definitions for grandiloquently



inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression
Derived Formsgrandiloquence, noungrandiloquently, adverb

Word Origin for grandiloquent

C16: from Latin grandiloquus, from grandis great + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for grandiloquently



1590s, probably a back-formation from grandiloquence. Related: Grandiloquently.

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