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Origin of verbose

1665–75; < Latin verbōsus, equivalent to verb(um) word + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsver·bose·ly, adverbver·bose·ness, nounun·ver·bose, adjectiveun·ver·bose·ly, adverbun·ver·bose·ness, noun
Can be confusedverbal verbose

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British Dictionary definitions for verboseness


  1. 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



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

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