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Using or expressed in more words than are needed.‘much academic language is obscure and verbose’
wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble, orotund, expansive, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusivelong-winded, lengthy, protracted, prolix, periphrastic, circumlocutory, circuitous, tautological, repetitious, redundant, tortuous, indirect, convoluteddiffuse, discursive, digressive, rambling, wandering, meanderingmouthy, gabby, windy, gassy, talky, with the gift of the gab, having kissed the blarney stone, yakking, big-mouthedwittering, gobbymultiloquent, multiloquous, ambagious, logorrhoeic, pleonasticView synonyms
- ‘An English speaker more verbose than profound, her husband waxes nostalgically about Bangladesh, to where he vows to return.’
- ‘His text is full of redundant capital letters and is lavishly verbose.’
- ‘The next guy I asked was more verbose, but similarly focused.’
- ‘Matthew was quite verbose and decided to rant to us a little.’
- ‘Even on radio, their rhetorical style sounds windy, verbose, addicted to polysyllables for their own sake.’
- ‘This is no mean feat given Bovell's verbose characters.’
- ‘Yesterday I told myself that I needed to stop teasing Kevin Keith about his verbose comments.’
- ‘And this is so not because of the depth of his arguments, but because of the repulsively repetitive and verbose style of the book.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was a verbose, tobacco-chewing, rib jabber, and an honest and egotistical man.’
- ‘I am sure that this email seems overwhelming, and verbose.’
- ‘He was much more genuine and soft spoken than any of us expected, nothing like the verbose figurehead I'd come to expect.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He cares and worries intensely about movies, and he's eloquent, loquacious, even verbose on the subject.’
- ‘I don't have to become verbose in using the party talking points as you do when I write this information to you.’
- ‘And that was my conversation with Habib, a verbose character.’
- ‘She often wondered how could a man be so verbose.’
Late 17th century: from Latin verbosus, from verbum word.
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