[ ver-bohs ]
/ vərˈboʊs /


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

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verbal verbose

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British Dictionary definitions for verbose


/ (vɜːˈbəʊs) /


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

Derived Forms

verbosely, adverbverbosity (vɜːˈbɒsɪtɪ) or verboseness, noun

Word Origin for verbose

C17: from Latin verbōsus from verbum word
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