from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words; wordy. See Synonyms at wordy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Abounding in words, containing more words than necessary. Long winded, or windy.
  • adj. Producing unusually detailed output for diagnostic purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by a multiplicity of words; prolix; wordy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; prolix; tedious by multiplicity of words; wordy: as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument.
  • Synonyms Wordy, diffuse. See pleonasm.

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

  • adj. using or containing too many words


Middle English *verbous, from Latin verbōsus, from verbum, word; see verb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin verbosus. (Wiktionary)



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  • Why can't we add words to the synonyms or related section????

    May 10, 2012

  • Take an interest in me
    Why must I beg for a drink?
    Too verbose
    You come too close, Sir
    Please step back and think
    That's the trouble
    Flesh attracts the leery look
    Rarely does the dream boy come along
    He don't exist
    A lover with the candour of a friend.

    (I'll have to dance with Cassie, by God Help the Girl)

    August 20, 2009

  • Probably a descriptor that can be attached to most wordies.

    December 19, 2006