Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

sesquipedalian

play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sesquipedalian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ