sesquipedalian


ses·qui·pe·da·lian

adjective \ˌses-kwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən\

Definition of SESQUIPEDALIAN

1
:  having many syllables :  long <sesquipedalian terms>
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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