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.

1715–25; < French, equivalent to Middle French verbi(er) to gabble + -age -age Unabridged
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verbiage (ˈvɜːbɪɪdʒ)
1.  the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity
2.  rare diction; wording
[C18: from French, from Old French verbier to chatter, from verbe word, from Latin verbum]

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Word Origin & History

1721, from Fr. verbiage "wordiness" (17c.), from M.Fr. verbier "to chatter," from O.Fr. verbe "word," from L. verbum "word" (see verb).
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Computing Dictionary

verbiage definition

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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Example sentences
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.
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