Dictionary.com

wordy

[ wur-dee ]
/ ˈwɜr di /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: wordy / wordiness on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of wordy

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

synonym study for wordy

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 FROM wordy

word·i·ly, adverbword·i·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use wordy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wordy

wordy
/ (ˈwɜːdɪ) /

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 forms of wordy

wordily, adverbwordiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK