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polysyllabic

[pol-ee-si-lab-ik] /ˌpɒl i sɪˈlæb ɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of several, especially four or more, syllables, as a word.
2.
characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc.
Also, polysyllabical.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin polysyllab(us) of many syllables (< Greek polysýllabos) + -ic. See poly-, syllabic
Related forms
polysyllabically, adverb
hyperpolysyllabic, adjective
hyperpolysyllabically, adverb
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Examples from the web for polysyllabic
  • Let the kids and pets back in, throw out the towel, and start using complex sentences and polysyllabic words again.
  • Whenever possible the student should use polysyllabic words where shorter, clearer words would suffice.
  • In addition, skills for monosyllabic words are more often measured than skills required to unlock polysyllabic words.
  • Other polysyllabic words beginning with h will be given the same treatment, especially if their first syllable is unstressed.
British Dictionary definitions for polysyllabic

polysyllabic

/ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of more than two syllables
Derived Forms
polysyllabically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for polysyllabic
adj.

1650s (implied in polysyllabical), from Medieval Latin polysyllabicus, from Greek polysyllabikos; see poly- + syllabic.

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