[mass noun] The fact or quality of using more words than needed; wordiness:‘a critic with a reputation for verbosity’
wordiness, verboseness, loquacity, garrulity, talkativeness, volubility, expansiveness, babbling, blathering, waffling, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushinglong-windedness, lengthiness, protractedness, verbiage, prolixity, periphrasis, tautology, circumlocution, convolution, redundancydiffuseness, discursiveness, digressivenessthe gift of the gab, big mouth, mouthiness, gassiness, gabbiness, windiness, blah-blah, gobbledegookwitteringorotundity, logorrhoea, multiloquence, pleonasm, perissologyView synonyms
- ‘Keep it curt, Kenny, and stop soft-soaping us with your loquacity and verbosity.’
- ‘I have never felt so attracted to pompous verbosity.’
- ‘For all its verbosity, the task-force report never explains its central conceit: ‘equity in hiring.’’
- ‘Yet woe to those who are silent about you because, though loquacious with verbosity, they have nothing to say.’
- ‘Another common addiction is to replace ‘at all’ by the verbosity of ‘in any way, shape or form’.’
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