consisting of several, especially four or more, syllables, as a word.
characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc.
- Sometimes pol·y·syl·lab·i·cal .
- pol·y·syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverb
- hy·per·pol·y·syl·lab·ic, adjective
- hy·per·pol·y·syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use polysyllabic in a sentence
Warnock was chosen to represent his class, and delivered an address in what I always think of as the Morehouse manner—-passionate, syncopated, and polysyllabic.Senator Raphael Warnock Is Running Again for the Soul of Georgia | Tayari Jones | June 23, 2022 | TIme
They are Episcopalians or Presbyterians or some other correspondingly polysyllabic thing, as the case may be.Emmy Lou | George Madden Martin
Hence the polysyllabic, and the descriptive character of the language, so composite in its aspect and in its forms.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The first difference between Chinese and Japanese is that the former is monosyllabic, whilst the latter is polysyllabic.A Fantasy of Far Japan | Baron Kencho Suyematsu
One of the most obvious defects of this school is excessive attachment to polysyllabic terms.
To what inconsequent polysyllabic question of his host did the guest return a monosyllabic negative answer?Ulysses | James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for polysyllabic
consisting of more than two syllables
- polysyllabically, adverb
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