[ wur-dee ]
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adjective,word·i·er, word·i·est.
  1. characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose: She grew impatient at his wordy reply.

  2. pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.

Origin of wordy

First recorded before 1100; Middle English; Old English wordig.See word, -y1

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1. Wordy, prolix, redundant, pleonastic all mean using more words than necessary to convey a desired meaning. Wordy, the broadest and least specific of these terms, may, in addition to indicating an excess of words, suggest a garrulousness or loquaciousness: a wordy, gossipy account of a simple incident. Prolix refers to speech or writing extended to great and tedious length with inconsequential details: a prolix style that tells you more than you need or want to know. Redundant and pleonastic both refer to unnecessary repetition of language. Redundant has also a generalized sense of “excessive” or “no longer needed”: the dismissal of redundant employees. In describing language, it most often refers to overelaboration through the use of expressions that repeat the sense of other expressions in a passage: a redundant text crammed with amplifications of the obvious. Pleonastic, usually a technical term, refers most often to expressions that repeat something that has been said before: “A true fact” and “a free gift” are pleonastic expressions.

Other words for wordy

Other words from wordy

  • word·i·ly, adverb
  • word·i·ness, noun

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How to use wordy in a sentence

  • "Do not contend wordily over matters of no consequence," was her counsel of perfection.

    Americans and Others | Agnes Repplier
  • Draughtsmen find their clerks wrote loosely and wordily, because they were paid by the folio.

    A Book About Lawyers | John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Once her outreaching mind had grasped—without wordily formulating—this physical and moral law, her course was plain.

    The Book of Susan | Lee Wilson Dodd
  • The inditer has certainly some sympathy with the bearer he so amply commissions and wordily exalts.

  • The woman replied that bad-word husbands who stayed out so bad-wordily late ought to be bad-wordily bad-worded.

    Nights in London | Thomas Burke

British Dictionary definitions for wordy


/ (ˈwɜːdɪ) /

adjectivewordier or wordiest
  1. using, inclined to use, or containing an excess of words: a wordy writer; a wordy document

  2. of the nature of or relating to words; verbal

Derived forms of wordy

  • wordily, adverb
  • wordiness, noun

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