\ ˈwər-dē How to pronounce wordy (audio) \
wordier; wordiest

Definition of wordy

1 : using or containing many and usually too many words
2 : of or relating to words : verbal

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Other Words from wordy

wordily \ ˈwər-​də-​lē How to pronounce wordily (audio) \ adverb
wordiness \ ˈwər-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce wordiness (audio) \ 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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The original script was too wordy. her writing style is far too wordy for my tastes
Recent Examples on the Web Although Clinton's 89 minutes count as the longest speech, Carter's, erm, wordy address is still counted as historically the longest. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "Who Delivered The Longest State Of The Union Address In History?," 4 Feb. 2020 The Many Saints of Newark (September 25) Don’t let the wordy title fool you. David Sims, The Atlantic, "25 Movies to Look Forward to in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 In the age of blockbuster superhero entertainment versus micro-budget indie films, Norton has delivered a movie of another era: a sturdy, wordy, politically minded and wholly engaging whodunit. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Motherless Brooklyn’ review: Solid, enjoyable mystery flick written and directed by Edward Norton," 31 Oct. 2019 And both books are beautifully, exasperatingly, transcendently wordy. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 Unfair surprise occurs when the provision is buried in a wordy document. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why otherwise defective arbitration agreements may be enforced against high-ranking executives," 19 Aug. 2019 Johnson’s political stylings are bombastic and wordy—this is, after all, a man who styles himself as a Shakespeare expert and Classical enthusiast. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "No, Boris Johnson isn’t the UK’s Donald Trump," 25 July 2019 Much of the publicity for the evening had been the experiment in artificial intelligence, buzz-wordy A.I. being an optimal search engine phrase. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019 Its more formal name is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, but that may be too wordy for conversations. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Star Wars: A galactic glossary for navigating Galaxy’s Edge," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of wordy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wordy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wordy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wordy

disapproving : using or containing too many words


\ ˈwər-dē How to pronounce wordy (audio) \
wordier; wordiest

Kids Definition of wordy

: using or containing many words or more words than are needed She left a wordy message.

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wordiness noun

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