poly·​syl·​lab·​ic | \ ˌpä-lē-sə-ˈla-bik How to pronounce polysyllabic (audio) \

Definition of polysyllabic

1 : having more than one and usually more than three syllables
2 : characterized by words of many syllables

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Other Words from polysyllabic

polysyllabically \ ˌpä-​lē-​sə-​ˈla-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce polysyllabic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of polysyllabic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her cousin Berg takes pleasure in spouting polysyllabic, pedantic words that belie his hulking form. oregonlive, "Family of monster hunters takes on racism, hate in ‘Bitter Root,’ from Portland’s Image Comics," 11 Feb. 2020 In his pursuit to become prime minister, Mr. Johnson has adapted his old habits — the theatrics, the polysyllabic put-downs, the outlandish plans — for the Brexit era. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?," 22 July 2019 Now it’s been traded for polysyllabic corporatese, a negation (de-) of an abstraction (centralize). Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Angry Nerd: Come On! We Can't 'Decentralize' Everything!," 24 June 2019 The exploits of the polysyllabic heroes of the 1821 rebellion against the Ottoman Empire captivated me long before those of the Hardy Boys did. George Kalogerakis, New York Times, "Change Is in the Air at the E. B. White Farm," 7 Sep. 2017 Mr. Rodríguez-Lopez’s guitar riffs stop and start, churn and flail; Cedric Bixler-Zavala sings salvos of polysyllabic lyrics, flinging dystopian imagery in all directions. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At the Drive In Rekindles Its Manic Inferno," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of polysyllabic

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polysyllabic

Medieval Latin polysyllabus, from Greek polysyllabos, from poly- + syllabē syllable

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The first known use of polysyllabic was in 1774

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“Polysyllabic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polysyllabic. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of polysyllabic

technical : having more than three syllables

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