from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The excess use of words, especially using more than are needed for clarity or precision; long-windedness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being verbose; the use of more words than are necessary; prolixity; wordiness; verbiage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being verbose: employment of a superabundance of words; the use of more words than are necessary; wordiness; prolixity: said either of a speaker or writer, or of what is said or written.
  • n. Synonyms Verbiage, etc. See pleonasm.

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

  • n. an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words


verbose + -ity; compare Late Latin verbositas, from (Classical) Latin verbosus, from verbum "the word" (Wiktionary)



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  • Some of the old text adventure games would have a setting for "maximum verbosity".

    July 24, 2009