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Definition of verbose

1 : containing more words than necessary : wordy a verbose reply also : impaired by wordiness a verbose style
2 : given to wordiness a verbose orator

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verbosely adverb
verboseness noun

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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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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 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 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 He is a verbose speaker. She has a verbose writing style.
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Recent Examples on the Web The slow, verbose world of academic communication has given way to the blistering, constrained world of tweets and news segments. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay," 7 July 2020 Welcome to Sklansky’s world, who’s been taking the long, verbose way around the handshake for years. Mandy Oaklander, Time, "The Coronavirus Killed the Handshake and the Hug. What Will Replace Them?," 27 May 2020 Liam Cunningham, always one of the most energetic and delightfully verbose members of the Game of Thrones case, was his usual self on the panel. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Game of Thrones': The Night King Comes for the Comic-Con Panel," 21 July 2017 Liefeld, similarly to his comic counterpart, is a quick-witted, sardonically charming individual who can fit more words into one brief exchange than even the most verbose orator that addressed a crowd. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Deadpool Creator on Sending the Antihero Back to Middle School and "Home Run" Cable Casting," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of verbose

circa 1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verbose

borrowed from Latin verbōsus, from verbum "word, verb entry 1" + -ōsus -ose entry 1

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The first known use of verbose was circa 1531

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“Verbose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of verbose

formal : using more words than are needed

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