wordier; wordiest
: using or containing many and usually too many words
: of or relating to words : verbal
wordily adverb
wordiness 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
Recent Examples on the Web There do not need to be multiple footnotes and citations and wordy, number-heavy statements. April Rudin, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Steam | Official site Tired of games that bog you down with hours of wordy tutorials to explain their complex mechanics? Kyle Orland and Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, 18 June 2023 Still, the wordy, whip-smart banter flows easily between the two, moving from kinda corny generational riffs to opening old wounds. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 The Welk’s set pieces and props are just adequate, and there were a couple of blips with the sound in the theater, which muddled some of this show’s witty and wordy lyrics. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 That 2011 test message was a lot wordier than those used now. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 Your words have to be clear, especially with the southern dialect in such a wordy song. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 26 Apr. 2023 His wordy dialogue scenes for this highly anticipated revival of the 1960 musical, which had its official opening Thursday night, disrupt the momentum. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 But, of course, this wordy reason can’t stand on its own verbiage. Chris Mooney, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2011 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of wordy was before the 12th century

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“Wordy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wordy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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wordier; wordiest
: using or containing too many words
wordily adverb
wordiness noun

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