sesquipedalian love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long word.
  • adjective Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
  • adjective Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing or measuring a foot and a half: as, a sesquipedalian pygmy: often humorously said of long words, in translation of Horace's sesquipedalia verba (words a foot and a half long).
  • Addicted to the use of long words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A long word.
  • noun A person who uses long words.
  • adjective of a word or words long; polysyllabic.
  • adjective Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective given to the overuse of long words
  • adjective (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables
  • noun a very long word (a foot and a half long)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin sesquipedalis (literally "a foot and a half long"), from sesqui-, from Latin sesqui ("one and a half"); + pedal, from Latin pedis, form of pes ("foot"), + adjective suffix -alis; + adjective suffix -ian. Cognate to French sesquipédal.


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  • "Clarence Thomas, please spell the word sesquipedalian and then use it in a form of a question."

    Jihad Monitor 2010

  • "Clarence Thomas, please spell the word sesquipedalian and then use it in a form of a question."

    Jihad Monitor 2010

  • Let his obituary read, "Douglas Martin, a newspaperman who once got the word" sesquipedalian "onto the front page of the New York Times ...."

    NYT A1: Sesquipedalian!!!! - Swampland - 2008

  • From the time the moderator gives the word, let's say it's "sesquipedalian," until your progeny very slowly spells it correctly, doesn't it seem a lifetime?

    unknown title DON FARMER CHRIS CURLE 2008

  • Professor Edgworth of All Souls, according to Robert Graves, tended towards this kind of sesquipedalian speech.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 4 1993

  • I prefer to characterize myself as a sesquipedalian, but I fear that such a characterization is a sham crafted by a hubristic pendant.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Snip snip. 2010

  • That makes one more sesquipedalian on the internet.

    5 Lessons Tiger Woods Could’ve Learned from Watching Star Trek | Fandomania 2010

  • Or, perhaps it is a sign that I am sesquipedalian at best and pendantic at worst.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Snip snip. 2010

  • The first hypothesis to be explored was proposed by no less influential a political observer than columnist George Will, the bow-tied, sesquipedalian voice of American conservatism.

    The Fiddler in the Subway Gene Weingarten 2010

  • The first hypothesis to be explored was proposed by no less influential a political observer than columnist George Will, the bow-tied, sesquipedalian voice of American conservatism.

    The Fiddler in the Subway Gene Weingarten 2010


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  • I love that the word sesquipedalian is pretty long itself.

    December 3, 2006

  • Its a word that describes itself, and chances are that if you know it, it also describes you :o)

    December 9, 2006

  • thecosas describes it in a very non-sesquipedalian way!

    December 23, 2006

  • Too show-offy for my taste. This is the kind of word people put in crossword puzzles to be cute.

    May 19, 2007

  • Wordy; bad wordy, not good Wordie

    June 13, 2007

  • But it FEELS so good to SAAAAAY... Mmm... sesquipedalian...

    October 10, 2007

  • And it looks good on a Onesie!

    October 16, 2007

  • "An Australian man facing assault charges for throwing a snowball at a co-worker refused a plea bargain and instead insisted on a trial to clear his name, his mother said.

    Andrew Thistleton, who was a seasonal ski shop worker at the Copper Mountain resort last February, says he playfully tossed the snowball at Michelle Oehlert as she and her boyfriend waited for a bus. Prosecutors described the incident as a malicious attack with an "iceball".

    A judge yesterday declared a mistrial after Oehlert brought up new allegations during her testimony.

    Officials indicated Oehlert said when that Thistleton "tried to make me feel stupid by using big words to make himself feel better - sometimes he'd brush his hand against my behind".

    No sexual misconduct allegation was ever discussed before the trial started. The new allegations led to a mistrial being declared and the scheduling of a new trial to start this week." - The Age online, 9 Dec 2007.

    December 9, 2007

  • sesquipedalian approach to words is the biggest destroyer of true poetry

    March 10, 2008

  • Wordie is sooooooo sesquipedalian. Did someone say that? It seems like someone should have.

    June 13, 2008

  • Elitists!

    June 13, 2008

  • I just don't know why but whenever I see this word, I see a duck-billed platypus. Maybe it's his feet...

    June 14, 2008

  • I grew up next to platypus streams and I never saw one in the wild. Might have seen the tail of one. Once.

    June 14, 2008

  • If the platypuses were streaming, wouldn't you have seen them? And if not, how did you know they were platypus streams?

    June 14, 2008

  • Because there were signs up saying the streams were protected habitat for platypus breeding, hence no fishing, swimming, etc.

    I might have etceteraed once in the creek when no-one was looking *blushes*.

    June 14, 2008

  • Next time someone points out to me that sesquipedalian is - ha ha! - actually - god this is funny! - a long word!! I think I will poke them in the eye.

    A stupid, smug, slapped-arse of a word.

    July 1, 2008

  • yarb: have you ever thought about how short is a short word?

    July 1, 2008

  • Uh,oh. I sense another eye-punching may be in the offing...

    "etceteraed" *snort!*

    July 1, 2008

  • A colleague of mine could not believe I knew this word and its meaning. Oh, wordie...

    July 11, 2008

  • Now really blow them away, 'gus, with sesquidedalian! And, of course, schadenfreudgeon.

    July 11, 2008

  • Literally, "one-and-a-half feet".

    July 17, 2008

  • Can we please have a moratorium on this word.

    August 1, 2008

  • And icing!

    August 2, 2008

  • Mmmmm, icing!

    August 2, 2008

  • Now that this noisome, beastly word is at the top of the "most-wordied" list, and being picked up by each new user like a dose of the clap at a wartime whorehouse, it seems set fair to infect Wordie, the internet and the entire universe.

    August 6, 2008

  • This was my grandmother's very favorite word. It is an inheritance. I dearly love it.

    August 10, 2008


    I'm glad we had this little talk!

    September 11, 2008

  • Why use a sesquipedalian word when you can opt for a lilliputian one?

    October 12, 2008

  • it's a conspiracy! boycott this word!

    November 23, 2008

  • I will not! It's very cute on the merch onesie for babies!

    November 24, 2008

  • yarb: Have you ever noticed that hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian is itself a *very long word*?

    Pretty hilarious, nicht wahr?

    November 24, 2008

  • *sides split open, head falls off*

    November 25, 2008

  • almost sounds like a reptile.

    January 16, 2009

  • Sesquipedalian literally means "a foot and a half long, which begs the question: is anyone making nerd-centric porn?

    October 23, 2009

  • JM is sesquipedalian again today!

    March 24, 2011

  • I'm ashamed to admit that this made me think of the words Sasquatch, and callipygian.

    January 15, 2018