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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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  • "Do get to the facts, confound it," Captain Hardeur said, who was growing tired of all this verbiage.

  • They think that vain old cataract of verbiage to be infallible.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It was not much to do, except for a certain 17th Century verbiage and grisly humor.

    The Dead Men's Song Champion Ingraham Hitchcock
  • Nowhere in all the verbiage does it say how big they have to be to be counted as people.

    Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
  • All this was verbiage; M. Hebrard was evidently only trying some method of putting his real thoughts into words.

    The Missouri Outlaws Gustave Aimard
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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