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[vur-bee-ij] /ˈvɜr bi ɪdʒ/
overabundance or superfluity of words, as in writing or speech; wordiness; verbosity.
manner or style of expressing something in words; wording:
a manual of official verbiage.
Origin of verbiage
1715-25; < French, equivalent to Middle French verbi(er) to gabble + -age -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for verbiage
  • It was as if there were a contest going on to see whose gushing verbiage could top all others.
  • verbiage may indicate observation, but not thinking.
  • It is so plain and simple, therefore unbelievable in view of the immense mountains of verbiage about it.
  • The verbiage devoted to the denigration of spell check could fill a dictionary.
  • People must be taught that the contemptible verbiage currently in vogue is not acceptable for any public venue.
  • In its stead, it results to outright condemnation and subtle cynicism in the article's verbiage, tempo and tonal setting.
  • No amount of verbiage will substantiate the unsubstantiated.
  • Your quote from that decision, interspersed with your own verbiage, was taken out of context.
  • One can almost see the journal editors wincing at some of the verbiage.
  • Quotes from outside experts or observers are also a rich source of unnecessary verbiage in newspaper articles.
British Dictionary definitions for verbiage


the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity
(rare) diction; wording
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French verbier to chatter, from verbe word, from Latin verbum
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Word Origin and History for verbiage

1721, from French verbiage "wordiness" (17c.), from Middle French verbier "to chatter," from Old French verbe "word," from Latin verbum "word" (see verb).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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verbiage in Technology

When the context involves a software or hardware system, this refers to documentation. This term borrows the connotations of mainstream "verbiage" to suggest that the documentation is of marginal utility and that the motives behind its production have little to do with the ostensible subject.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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