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sesquipedalian

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adjective ses·qui·pe·da·lian \ˌses-kwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən\

Definition of sesquipedalian

  1. 1 :  having many syllables :  long <sesquipedalian terms>

  2. 2 :  given to or characterized by the use of long words <a sesquipedalian television commentator>



Origin of sesquipedalian

Latin sesquipedalis, literally, a foot and a half long, from sesqui- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1656

Rhymes with sesquipedalian



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