adjective ver·bose \(ˌ)vər-ˈbōs\

: using more words than are needed

Full Definition of VERBOSE

:  containing more words than necessary :  wordy <a verbose reply>; also :  impaired by wordiness <a verbose style>
:  given to wordiness <a verbose orator>
ver·bose·ly adverb
ver·bose·ness noun
ver·bos·i·ty \-ˈbä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of VERBOSE

  1. Something seems to have gone seriously wrong with the subediting and proof-reading of this self-indulgently verbose and misprint-ridden production, which is further flawed by a mis-match between the author's vaulting theoretical ambitions and his scholarly limitations, notably his faulty grasp of ancient Greek and inability to deliver a clear and consistent line of reasoned and logical argument. —Paul Cartledge, Times Literary Supplement, 8 Mar. 1991

Origin of VERBOSE

Latin verbosus, from verbum (see verb)
First Known Use: 1672

Synonym Discussion of VERBOSE

wordy, verbose, prolix, diffuse mean using more words than necessary to express thought. wordy may also imply loquaciousness or garrulity <a wordy speech>. verbose suggests a resulting dullness, obscurity, or lack of incisiveness or precision <the verbose position papers>. prolix suggests unreasonable and tedious dwelling on details <habitually transformed brief anecdotes into prolix sagas>. diffuse stresses lack of compactness and pointedness of style <diffuse memoirs that are so many shaggy-dog stories>.


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