Definition of polysyllabic in US English:



  • 1(of a word) having more than one syllable.

    • ‘All of the verbs in this excerpt are polysyllabic, strategically alliterative, and speak to various kinds of action that jolt the reader.’
    • ‘There is no other pathway to empowerment, regeneration, capacity-building, participation, and all the other polysyllabic words in the jargon of a development, which serves its practitioners rather than its beneficiaries.’
    • ‘I for one would love to see those polysyllabic place names, like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch, rendered in Cyrillic.’
    • ‘With 26 letters to choose from, why do we keep fixing upon the only letter in the English alphabet with a polysyllabic name?’
    • ‘Moreover, as noted in section 5.2.1, there is a marked tendency for polysyllabic words to commence with a stressed syllable.’
    • ‘The dancers followed Nijinsky's count, too… and as Russian numbers above ten are polysyllabic - eighteen, for example, vosemnadsat - in the fast tempo movements neither he nor they could keep up.’
    • ‘Both monosyllabic and polysyllabic words representing closed, silent-e, and vowel digraph or diphthong syllable patterns are presented.’
    • ‘And there's that love of Latin, obscure and polysyllabic words.’
    • ‘Narrative supersedes melody time after time; there are no real songs, just cacophonous noodling and stacks and stacks of polysyllabic words.’
    • ‘Most, in fact, find themselves asking the class how to pronounce polysyllabic words, how to operate a projector or where they can find whiteboard markers.’
    • ‘Then there is the way senators speak - at length, often alone in the august hall but for a C-Span camera, with bonus points for detailed digressions and polysyllabic words.’
    • ‘A word containing many syllables is a polysyllable or polysyllabic word, such as selectivity and utilitarianism.’
    • ‘That's a polysyllabic euphemism for a one party state.’
    • ‘What we really need is a small, elegant phone that makes typing real, polysyllabic words fast and easy.’
    • ‘Some children, however, have problems with polysyllabic words, and so they need explicit teaching, coupled with broad-based reading experiences.’
    • ‘Whereas in New England, with Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenues and plenty of Connecticut Avenues in other places, the polysyllabic names cry out for shortening.’
    • ‘The authors of Passionate Uncertainty rarely pass up an opportunity to use ten words when two would suffice, polysyllabic words when simple ones would do, and jargon-filled blather when clarity is called for.’
    • ‘Mark Twain scores lower than Reader's Digest in one calculation, because, I'm guessing, he likes to insert periods, spices things up with some very short sentences, and edits out stuffy polysyllabic words.’
    • ‘As they continue to develop, children learn to segment polysyllabic words into syllables as they approach kindergarten age and monosyllabic words into phonemes around first grade.’
    • ‘It's one less polysyllabic name for me to remember.’
    1. 1.1 Using or characterized by words of many syllables.
      ‘polysyllabic jargon’
      • ‘At least half of the stuff on the tiny screen made no sense at all, just a lot of high tech polysyllabic gobbledygook that was real impressive but could've been Greek for all she knew.’
      • ‘They could subtly deliver literate, polysyllabic dialog without having to awkwardly strain, as do our young actors today, who grow up with the illiterate cinema, not the stage.’
      • ‘No more biblish, no more tiresome polysyllabic nonsense, no more mundane middle-class mutterings.’
      • ‘We should all know to avoid polysyllabic jargon.’
      • ‘Surely this precocious, polysyllabic facility is an invaluable boon to cognitive development.’
      • ‘It is actually something of a challenge to locate sentences in The Structure of Evolutionary Theory that are not unwieldy, ridiculously self-referential, and grotesquely polysyllabic.’
      • ‘Chinese is monosyllabic, Japanese is polysyllabic; Japanese verbs, adjectives and adverbs inflect, whereas they don't in Chinese; and Japanese has a system of postpositions that Chinese doesn't.’
      • ‘He is witty, he puns, and sometimes he employs the polysyllabic circumlocution of the nineteenth-century humorists.’
      • ‘The piece begins with an unusual take on what H.W. Fowler called polysyllabic humour, ‘electrocardiogram’ and ‘phantasmagoria’ appearing in lieu of swear words.’
      • ‘I present a new breed of cultural critic, unleashing a fresh brand of polysyllabic pontification.’
      • ‘Don't be intimidated by the polysyllabic title of this article - it really can be fairly easy stuff - if I can do a good job in explaining it.’
      • ‘That must have been one hell of a polysyllabic conversation.’
      • ‘As to the charge of ‘pseudo-intellectual revisionism’ I don't think this means much of anything beyond polysyllabic name-calling.’
      • ‘Quite regularly, ‘my eyes glaze over’ when I read polysyllabic discourse on the themes of poststructuralism and postmodernism; what I understand is largely truism or error, but that is only a fraction of the total word count.’
      • ‘Farwell also exhibits a Gibson-esque fascination with polysyllabic techno-gobbledygook.’
      • ‘Examining the ingredient listing is also a challenge in polysyllabic pronunciation techniques, not to mention requiring a chemistry reference book to understand what we are reading.’
      • ‘Greek has a polysyllabic vocabulary and it is often easier to communicate using something approximating to English - something that drives defenders of the Greek language wild with indignation.’
      • ‘My only cavil about Aden Gillett's neurotically suave Charles is that he sometimes puts emotion before diction so that you lose the full richness of his past relationship with the vividly polysyllabic Mrs Winthrop-Llewellyn.’
      • ‘They cling to polysyllabic professors who find clever ways to say the same dumb things over and over again.’
      • ‘Here, alas, an ink-stained wretch fell behind in his polysyllabic note-taking.’