adjectiveWord forms: ˈwordier or ˈwordiest
SYNONYMY NOTE: wordy is the general word implying the use of more words in speaking or writing than are
necessary for communication [a wordy document]; verbose suggests a wordiness that results in obscurity, tediousness, bombast, etc. [a verbose acceptance speech]; prolix implies such a tiresome elaboration of trivial details as to be boring or dull [his prolix sermons]; diffuse suggests such verbosity and loose construction as to lose all force and sharpness
[a rambling, diffuse harangue]; redundant, in this connection, implies the use of unnecessary or repetitious words or phrases
[a redundant literary style] 2.
containing or using many or too many words; verbose
OPPOSITES: concise, terse, pithy
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