verbiage

[ vur-bee-ij ]
/ ˈvɜr bi ɪdʒ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. verbatim,
  2. verbatim et literatim,
  3. verbena,
  4. verbena family,
  5. verbenaceous,
  6. verbicide,
  7. verbid,
  8. verbify,
  9. verbigeration,
  10. verbing

Origin of verbiage

1715–25; < French, equivalent to Middle French verbi(er) to gabble + -age -age

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British Dictionary definitions for verbiage

verbiage

/ (ˈvɜːbɪɪdʒ) /

noun

the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity
rare diction; wording

Word Origin for verbiage

C18: from French, from Old French verbier to chatter, from verbe word, from Latin verbum

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Word Origin and History for verbiage

verbiage

n.

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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