- given to using long words.
- (of a word) containing many syllables.
- a sesquipedalian word.
Origin of sesquipedalian
Examples from the Web for sesquipedalian
Historical Examples of sesquipedalian
Fact was, he had monologued it in his most sesquipedalian phraseology.Memories and Anecdotes
The gentlemen with this sesquipedalian title control the railways or portions of railways in their own circles.The Post Office of India and its Story
But "documentary evidence" was too sesquipedalian to submit to without a protest.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
He was indebted to a ruse of Aunt Margaret for his historic and sesquipedalian name.The Cave by the Beech Fork
Henry S. Spalding
D'Artagnan recoiled, as though the sesquipedalian syllables had knocked the breath out of his body.The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
less commonly sesquipedal (sɛsˈkwɪpədəl)
- tending to use very long words
- (of words or expressions) long and ponderous; polysyllabic
- a polysyllabic word
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.