A Word A Day : Verbose

Wednesday, 15th August 2007 : Today's Word is...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : (ver-bos')

1. Using too many words

2. Containing a great and usually an excessive number of words

3. Abounding in words

4. Not succinct


Middle English - verbous, from Latin verbōsus, from verbum, word


1. Circumlocutory

2. Periphrastic

3. Wordy

4. Prolix

5. Pleonastic

6. Redundant

7. Long-winded

8. Excessive

9. Diffusive


1. Succinct

2. Concise

3. Short

4. Precise

Contextual Example:

• Someone who is verbose uses too many words when fewer words would suffice.

• Many tombstones have inscriptions that are not only touching but also, by modern standards, verbose.

• When giving a speech, it is always a good idea to get to the point and to not be too verbose..

Related Word:

Verboseness : Noun

Verbosity : Noun

Verbosely : Adverb

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