adjective, word·i·er, word·i·est.

characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose: She grew impatient at his wordy reply.
pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.

Origin of wordy

before 1100; Middle English; Old English wordig. See word, -y1
Related formsword·i·ly, adverbword·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for wordy

1. diffuse, talkative, loquacious, voluble. 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.
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Examples from the Web for wordiness

Historical Examples of wordiness

  • Thence much of the wordiness of our written, if not spoken, composition.

  • And yet there is no noisiness, no wordiness, about them; nothing like rant or violence.


    Charles Kingsley

  • Often simply redundant, used from a mere habit of wordiness.

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk

  • Boys dislike fussiness, and wordiness, and beating about the bush.

  • McGregor was so irritated by what he took to be the wordiness of the man that he could not restrain himself.

    Marching Men

    Sherwood Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for wordiness


adjective wordier or wordiest

using, inclined to use, or containing an excess of wordsa wordy writer; a wordy document
of the nature of or relating to words; verbal
Derived Formswordily, adverbwordiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wordiness



Old English wordig "verbose;" see word (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper