verbose

[ver-bohs]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. verbicide,
  2. verbid,
  3. verbify,
  4. verbigeration,
  5. verbing,
  6. verbosely,
  7. verbosity,
  8. verboten,
  9. verbum sap,
  10. vercelli

Origin of verbose

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

Related forms
Can be confusedverbal verbose

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British Dictionary definitions for verboseness

verbose

adjective

using or containing an excess of words, so as to be pedantic or boring; prolix
Derived Formsverbosely, adverbverbosity (vɜːˈbɒsɪtɪ) or verboseness, noun

Word Origin for verbose

C17: from Latin verbōsus from verbum word

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Word Origin and History for verboseness

verbose

adj.

1540s (implied in verbosity), from Latin verbosus "full of words, wordy," from verbum "word" (see verb).

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