[ wur-ding ]
/ ˈwɜr dɪŋ /


the act or manner of expressing in words; phrasing.
the particular choice of words in which a thing is expressed: He liked the thought but not the wording.

Origin of wording

First recorded in 1555–65; word + -ing1

synonym study for wording

See diction.

Definition for wording (2 of 2)

[ wurd ]
/ wɜrd /


verb (used with object)

to express in words; select words to express; phrase: to word a contract with great care.

Origin of word

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch woord, German Wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd; akin to OPruss wirds, Latin verbum ‘word’, Lithuanian var̃das ‘name’


in·ter·word, adjectiveout·word, verb (used with object)well-word·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wording (1 of 3)

/ (ˈwɜːdɪŋ) /


the way in which words are used to express a statement, report, etc, esp a written one
the words themselves, as used in a written statement or a sign

British Dictionary definitions for wording (2 of 3)

/ (wɜːd) /

noun the Word

Christianity the 2nd person of the Trinity
Scripture, the Bible, or the Gospels as embodying or representing divine revelationOften called: the Word of God

Word Origin for Word

translation of Greek logos, as in John 1:1

British Dictionary definitions for wording (3 of 3)

/ (wɜːd) /



(tr) to state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase
(tr often foll by up) Australian informal to inform or advise (a person)
See also words

Word Origin for word

Old English word; related to Old High German wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd, Latin verbum, Sanskrit vratá command
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