Definition of sesquipedalian in English:



  • 1(of a word) polysyllabic; long.

    ‘sesquipedalian surnames’
    • ‘Helplessly, he would manipulate every sesquipedalian word he encountered until he had wrung all possible combinations out of it.’
    • ‘Geologists (who never shy away from sesquipedalian words) call the process ‘differentiation.’’
    bombastic, pompous, overblown, overripe, inflated, high-flown, affected, pretentious, grandiose, florid, flowery, ornate, magniloquent, grandiloquent, rhetorical, oratorical, orotund
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    1. 1.1Characterized by long words; long-winded.
      ‘the sesquipedalian prose of scientific journals’
      • ‘This isn't some pretentious, sesquipedalian piece of drivel, but a mad, inspired, fun must-read.’
      • ‘The work started as a monologue, a rather sesquipedalian, somewhat dithering Englishwoman's reverie about Kabul based on a 1965 guidebook to that city.’
      • ‘The English of the New Jerusalem Bible and New American Bible is sesquipedalian and nearly impossible to read aloud at times.’
      lengthy, long, overlong, prolonged, protracted, long-drawn-out, interminable, tedious, wearisome, boring
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Mid 17th century: from Latin sesquipedalis a foot and a half long, from sesqui- (see sesqui-) + pes, ped- foot.