\ 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

Examples of wordy in a Sentence

The original script was too wordy. her writing style is far too wordy for my tastes

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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 Before Editor Ji, apps like Inshorts and Shortpedia, were launched to cash in on the demand for less-wordy, short-format news. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "TV anchor Vikram Chandra bets on AI-powered short videos to fix India’s broken news scene," 29 July 2019 And that doesn't include the other slightly wordier ways in which Mueller declined to answer lawmakers' questions. CBS News, "Robert Mueller's congressional testimony – the takeaways," 24 July 2019 Gorsuch is also wordy, penning 19 long opinions out of 23. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted," 3 July 2019 For me, this is all a bit too wordy, too cutesy, and too much. New York Times, "Fun Things to Do This Weekend: Pride, Summer Solstice and Sensory Overload in Brighton Beach," 21 June 2018 Kapur doesn’t want wordy chef-splanations to interrupt the revelry, so most dishes are delivered table side with warm, unpretentious words of welcome. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The actors spit wordy, period dialogue with delight, and the lazy, airy pacing and jingly score are both fitting and easily identifiable for any Masterpiece devotee. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: PBS's 'Little Women' is a warm bath of lightness and love," 11 May 2018 My father has always had the rhetorical style of a Latin American dictator, which is to say wordy, and also excessively prone to metaphor. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Vogue, "For the Child of Immigrants, the American Dream Can Be a Nightmare," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wordy

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

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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.

Other Words from wordy

wordiness noun

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