given to using long words.
(of a word) containing many syllables.
a sesquipedalian word.
- ses·qui·pe·dal·i·ty [ses-kwi-pi-dal-i-tee], /ˌsɛs kwɪ pɪˈdæl ɪ ti/, ses·qui·pe·da·li·an·ism, ses·quip·e·dal·ism [ses-kwip-i-dl-iz-uhm, ‐kwi-peed-l-iz-uhm], /sɛsˈkwɪp ɪ dlˌɪz əm, ‐kwɪˈpid lˌɪz əm/, noun
- un·ses·qui·pe·da·li·an, adjective
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How to use sesquipedalian in a sentence
You know I am nothing if not "sesquipedalian" and scientific; and a word of five syllables will do for both qualities.George Eliot's Life, Vol. III (of 3) | George Eliot
That colored orator and model letter-writer must look to his sesquipedalian fame.
The story of any incident, to be realistic, will admit neither of sesquipedalian grandeur nor of grotesque images.Thackeray | Anthony Trollope
I felt satisfied it was a friendly one; and was now more anxious than ever of overtaking its sesquipedalian owner.The Wild Huntress | Mayne Reid
The description of the scene, in somewhat sesquipedalian Latin, is quoted by Spitta, i. 801.Sebastian Bach | Reginald Lane Poole
British Dictionary definitions for sesquipedalian
tending to use very long words
(of words or expressions) long and ponderous; polysyllabic
a polysyllabic word
- sesquipedalianism, noun
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