adjective Also ses·quip·e·dal [ses-kwip-i-dl] /sɛsˈkwɪp ɪ dl/.
- sessile oak
Origin of sesquipedalian
Examples from the Web for sesquipedalian
Fact was, he had monologued it in his most sesquipedalian phraseology.Memories and Anecdotes|Kate Sanborn
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
He was indebted to a ruse of Aunt Margaret for his historic and sesquipedalian name.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
The story of any incident, to be realistic, will admit neither of sesquipedalian grandeur nor of grotesque images.Thackeray|Anthony Trollope
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
less commonly sesquipedal (sɛsˈkwɪpədəl)
Word Origin for sesquipedalian
1610s, "person or thing a foot and a half long," from Latin sesquipedalia "a foot-and-a-half long," from sesqui- "half as much again" (see sesqui-) + stem of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). As an adjective 1650s.
Meaning "sesquipedalian word" (1830) is from Latin sesquipedalia verba "words a foot-and-a-half long," in Horace's "Ars Poetica" (97), nicely illustrating the thing he is criticizing.