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wordy

[wur-dee] /ˈwɜr di/
adjective, wordier, wordiest.
1.
characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose:
She grew impatient at his wordy reply.
2.
pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English wordig. See word, -y1
Related forms
wordily, adverb
wordiness, noun
Synonyms
1. diffuse, talkative, loquacious, voluble. Wordy, prolix, redundant, pleonastic all mean using more words than necessary to convey a desired meaning. Wordy, the broadest and least specific of these terms, may, in addition to indicating an excess of words, suggest a garrulousness or loquaciousness: a wordy, gossipy account of a simple incident. Prolix refers to speech or writing extended to great and tedious length with inconsequential details: a prolix style that tells you more than you need or want to know. Redundant and pleonastic both refer to unnecessary repetition of language. Redundant has also a generalized sense of “excessive” or “no longer needed”: the dismissal of redundant employees. In describing language, it most often refers to overelaboration through the use of expressions that repeat the sense of other expressions in a passage: a redundant text crammed with amplifications of the obvious. Pleonastic, usually a technical term, refers most often to expressions that repeat something that has been said before: “A true fact” and “a free gift” are pleonastic expressions.
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British Dictionary definitions for wordiness

wordy

/ˈwɜːdɪ/
adjective wordier, wordiest
1.
using, inclined to use, or containing an excess of words: a wordy writer, a wordy document
2.
of the nature of or relating to words; verbal
Derived Forms
wordily, adverb
wordiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wordiness

wordy

adj.

Old English wordig "verbose;" see word (n.) + -y (2).

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