Definition of verbose in US English:



  • Using or expressed in more words than are needed.

    ‘much academic language is obscure and verbose’
    • ‘He was even less verbose than my next favorite president, Calvin Coolidge.’
    • ‘Ben, I know that you asked for suggestions as a comment but you must know me by now - wordy, verbose and horribly convoluted.’
    • ‘His text is full of redundant capital letters and is lavishly verbose.’
    • ‘I'm trying to teach him not to do that, but he comes from a long line of verbose geeks on his father's side, and it's an uphill battle.’
    • ‘I am sure that this email seems overwhelming, and verbose.’
    • ‘Matthew was quite verbose and decided to rant to us a little.’
    • ‘The next guy I asked was more verbose, but similarly focused.’
    • ‘She often wondered how could a man be so verbose.’
    • ‘In a joke worthy of the painfully verbose Professor Dorr, the film may have plenty of cellars, but it certainly has no Sellers.’
    • ‘I am verbose and boring and post far to much drivel.’
    • ‘He cares and worries intensely about movies, and he's eloquent, loquacious, even verbose on the subject.’
    • ‘And this is so not because of the depth of his arguments, but because of the repulsively repetitive and verbose style of the book.’
    • ‘I don't have to become verbose in using the party talking points as you do when I write this information to you.’
    • ‘He was much more genuine and soft spoken than any of us expected, nothing like the verbose figurehead I'd come to expect.’
    • ‘And that was my conversation with Habib, a verbose character.’
    • ‘This is no mean feat given Bovell's verbose characters.’
    • ‘Even on radio, their rhetorical style sounds windy, verbose, addicted to polysyllables for their own sake.’
    • ‘Yesterday I told myself that I needed to stop teasing Kevin Keith about his verbose comments.’
    • ‘He was a verbose, tobacco-chewing, rib jabber, and an honest and egotistical man.’
    • ‘An English speaker more verbose than profound, her husband waxes nostalgically about Bangladesh, to where he vows to return.’
    wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble, orotund, expansive, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusive
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Late 17th century: from Latin verbosus, from verbum ‘word’.