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adjective ver·bose \(ˌ)vər-ˈbōs\

Simple Definition of verbose

  • : using more words than are needed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of verbose

  1. 1 :  containing more words than necessary :  wordy <a verbose reply>; also :  impaired by wordiness <a verbose style>

  2. 2 :  given to wordiness <a verbose orator>

verbosely

adverb

verboseness

noun

verbosity

play \-ˈbä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of verbose in a sentence

  1. Something seems to have gone seriously wrong with the subediting and proof-reading of this self-indulgently verbose and misprint-ridden production, which is further flawed by a mis-match between the author's vaulting theoretical ambitions and his scholarly limitations, notably his faulty grasp of ancient Greek and inability to deliver a clear and consistent line of reasoned and logical argument. —Paul Cartledge, Times Literary Supplement, 8 Mar. 1991

  2. What makes this tiny tome so much fun are the answers. There are occasional one-word zingers: to a verbose question as to whether a resident of a planet with two suns would have two shadows, Merlin's response is “Yes.” The longest answers are about a page in length and seem to be triggered when a questioner happens upon one of the author's favorite topics or pet peeves, such as relativity, tachyons, and the endangered ozone layer. —James H. Sharp, Air & Space Smithsonian, February/March 1990

  3. I must confess … that if I had known how many classics there are in English literature, and how verbose the best of them contrive to be, I should never have undertaken the work. They only allow one seventy thousand words, you see. —Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out, 1915

  4. He is a verbose speaker.

  5. She has a verbose writing style.



Origin and Etymology of verbose

Latin verbosus, from verbum (see verb)


First Known Use: 1672

Synonym Discussion of verbose

wordy, verbose, prolix, diffuse mean using more words than necessary to express thought. wordy may also imply loquaciousness or garrulity <a wordy speech>. verbose suggests a resulting dullness, obscurity, or lack of incisiveness or precision <the verbose position papers>. prolix suggests unreasonable and tedious dwelling on details <habitually transformed brief anecdotes into prolix sagas>. diffuse stresses lack of compactness and pointedness of style <diffuse memoirs that are so many shaggy-dog stories>.


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