adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin polysyllabus, from Greek polysyllabos, from poly- + syllabē syllable Date: 1782 1. having more than one and usually more than three syllables 2. characterized by words of many syllables • polysyllabically adverb

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  • Polysyllabic — Pol y*syl*lab ic, Polysyllabical Pol y*syl*lab ic*al, a. [Gr. ?; poly s many + ? syllable: cf. F. polysyllabique.] Pertaining to a polysyllable; containing, or characterized by, polysyllables; consisting of more than three syllables. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polysyllabic — (adj.) 1650s (implied in polysyllabical), from M.L. polysyllabicus, from Gk. polysyllabikos; see POLY (Cf. poly ) + SYLLABLE (Cf. syllable) …   Etymology dictionary

  • polysyllabic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having more than one syllable. DERIVATIVES polysyllable noun …   English terms dictionary

  • polysyllabic — [päl΄i si lab′ik] adj. [ML polysyllabus < Gr polysyllabos < poly , POLY + syllabē, SYLLABLE + IC] 1. having several, esp. four or more, syllables 2. characterized by polysyllables: Also polysyllabical polysyllabically adv …   English World dictionary

  • polysyllabic — 1. adjective a) Having more than one syllable; having multiple or many syllables. Antidisestablishmentarianism definitely qualifies as a polysyllabic word. b) Characterized by or consisting of words having numerous syllables …   Wiktionary

  • polysyllabic — adj. Polysyllabic is used with these nouns: ↑word …   Collocations dictionary

  • polysyllabic — pol|y|syl|lab|ic [ˌpɔlisıˈlæbık US ˌpa: ] adj technical a polysyllabic word has three or more ↑syllables >polysyllable [ˈpɔliˌsıləbəl US ˈpa: ] n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • polysyllabic — pol•y•syl•lab•ic [[t]ˌpɒl i sɪˈlæb ɪk[/t]] also pol y•syl•lab′i•cal adj. 1) phn consisting of several, esp. four or more, syllables 2) phn characterized by polysyllabic words, as a language or piece of writing • Etymology: 1650–60 pol… …   From formal English to slang

  • polysyllabic — polysyllabically, adv. /pol ee si lab ik/, adj. 1. consisting of several, esp. four or more, syllables, as a word. 2. characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc. Also, polysyllabical. [1650 60; < ML polysyllab(us) of many… …   Universalium

  • polysyllabic — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Having many syllables: long1, sesquipedal, sesquipedalian. See LONG …   English dictionary for students

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