wordy
adjective (wordier; -est) Date: 12th century 1. using or containing many and usually too many words 2. of or relating to words ; verbalwordily adverbwordiness noun Synonyms: 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
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. 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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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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