[ ver-bohs ]
See synonyms for: verboseverboselyverboseness on

  1. characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report.

Origin of verbose

1665–75; <Latin verbōsus, equivalent to verb(um) word + -ōsus-ose1

synonym study For verbose

See bombastic.

Other words for verbose

Opposites for verbose

Other words from verbose

  • ver·bose·ly, adverb
  • ver·bose·ness, noun
  • un·ver·bose, adjective
  • un·ver·bose·ly, adverb
  • un·ver·bose·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with verbose

Words Nearby verbose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use verbose in a sentence

  • The welcome of the Indians was simple always, and a word sufficed among them as amply as the most studied and verbose compliment.

    The Lily and the Totem | William Gilmore Simms
  • The other women were hopelessly verbose, or, if they argued against her, ridiculously unseeing.

    Narcissus | Evelyn Scott

British Dictionary definitions for verbose


/ (vɜːˈbəʊs) /

  1. using or containing an excess of words, so as to be pedantic or boring; prolix

Origin of verbose

C17: from Latin verbōsus from verbum word

Derived forms of verbose

  • verbosely, adverb
  • verbosity (vɜːˈbɒsɪtɪ) or verboseness, noun

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