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Monday, October 25, 1999

Definitions for sesquipedalian

  1. Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
  2. Long and ponderous; having many syllables.
  3. A long word.

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Citations for sesquipedalian
As a sesquipedalian stylist, he can throw a word like 'eponymous" into a sentence without missing a beat. Campbell Patty, The Horn Book Magazine
Plus he has a weakness for what we can mischievously call sesquipedalian excess: Look out for such terms as "epiphenomenal," "diegetic" and "proprioceptive." Jabari Asim, Washington Post
Origin of sesquipedalian
1605-1615
Sesquipedalian comes from Latin sesquipedalis, "a foot and a half long, hence inordinately long," from sesqui, "one half more, half as much again" + pes, ped-, "a foot."