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[wur-dee] /ˈwɜr di/
adjective, wordier, wordiest.
characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose:
She grew impatient at his wordy reply.
pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.
Origin of wordy
before 1100; Middle English; Old English wordig. See word, -y1
Related forms
wordily, adverb
wordiness, noun
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wordy
Historical Examples
  • He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • What are her image and attributes, when dragged from her wordy lurking-place?

  • The Illyrian, however, lacked eloquence, and felt ill at ease in carrying on a wordy warfare.

  • But the weakness of the wordy denial was itself almost a confession.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • In the parlor, their undisputed court, the ladies received the attention which had been diverted from them by the wordy war.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Now, there was nothing that Red enjoyed any more than a wordy battle.

  • He presented a wordy memorial in 1843, complaining of having been kept out of employment for twelve years.

    The Tragedy of St. Helena Walter Runciman
  • He was getting used to it, or thought he was, all but his wordy remonstrances.

  • A wordy prayer may afford a quiet sense of self-justification, though it makes the sinner a hypocrite.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The wordy seemed meaningless, all save those of the last sentence.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for wordy


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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