\ 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 wordy (audio) \ adverb
wordiness \ ˈwər-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce wordy (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 Rabe came up with the list at a New Year's Eve party with other LSSU staff, collecting all of their wordy grievance and publishing it Jan. 1. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Lake Superior State University is seeking your banished words," 15 Nov. 2020 Perhaps the actors were just trying to remember all the dialogue in Christopher Hampton’s long and wordy play. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Ensemble Company’s ‘Liaisons Dangereuses’ needs more danger | Review," 7 Nov. 2020 Mateen's fierce shake of his head speaks louder than anything in Sorkin's wordy script. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Aaron Sorkin makes 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' a very Sorkin-y showcase for actors," 15 Oct. 2020 Rock purists weren’t the only ones who rolled their eyes at the wordy song titles and self-conscious lyrics. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Audacity of Panic! at the Disco’s Debut Album," 30 Sep. 2020 Before The troll farm’s posts were wordy and included many hashtags. Davey Alba, New York Times, "How Russia’s Troll Farm Is Changing Tactics Before the Fall Election," 29 Mar. 2020 And the hook here is wordy but memorable — everybody knows and loves the Minnesota Vikings call-out by now. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lizzo's First Hot 100 Top 10 With 'Truth Hurts'," 9 July 2019 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

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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