from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the nature of or characterized by periphrasis.
- adj. Grammar Constructed by using an auxiliary word rather than an inflected form; for example, of father is the periphrastic possessive case of father but father's is the inflected possessive case, and did say is the periphrastic past tense of say but said is the inflected past tense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Expressed in more words than are necessary.
- adj. Indirect in naming an entity; circumlocutory.
- adj. Characterized by periphrase or circumlocution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing, or expressed, in more words than are necessary; characterized by periphrase; circumlocutory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of or characterized by periphrasis; circumlocutory; expressing or expressed in more words than are necessary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
From Ancient Greek περίφρασις (periphrasis). (Wiktionary)