- overabundance or superfluity of words, as in writing or speech; wordiness; verbosity.
- manner or style of expressing something in words; wording: a manual of official verbiage.
Origin of verbiage
1715–25; < French, equivalent to Middle French verbi(er) to gabble + -age -age
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Examples from the Web for verbage
It's the "House that Jack built," only I will change the verbage a little.
- the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity
- rare diction; wording
C18: from French, from Old French verbier to chatter, from verbe word, from Latin verbum
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Word Origin and History for verbage
variant of verbiage (q.v.).
1721, from French verbiage "wordiness" (17c.), from Middle French verbier "to chatter," from Old French verbe "word," from Latin verbum "word" (see verb).
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