Definition of wordy in English:

wordy

adjective

  • 1Using or expressed in rather too many words:

    ‘a wordy and repetitive account’
    • ‘But we are left now asking ourselves what the real reason is for such a lengthy and wordy Supplementary Order Paper.’
    • ‘Having been so wordy, I am now lost for the right words to sum up how this whole thing has made me feel.’
    • ‘Their speeches are wordy and repetitive, variations on some theme, or simple reiterations for incantatory effect, always mesmerizing even when you merely read the lines to yourself in the script.’
    • ‘I can see why it's been called wordy, but I don't mind a bit of repetition as long as they say it funny, and they did.’
    • ‘Rather it is a wordy exercise devoid of critical intelligence.’
    • ‘There are short, clean-cut, crisp sentences with none of the wordy, long-windedness of one who has spent long years on the Bench.’
    • ‘I feel that most stories set in the middle ages tend to fall back on the archaic language that makes it more difficult to understand and rather overly wordy - the great exception to this being Ella Enchanted, which is a fabulous book.’
    • ‘Ben, I know that you asked for suggestions as a comment but you must know me by now - wordy, verbose and horribly convoluted.’
    • ‘As the rather wordy title suggests, it was to be a weekend of exploration, with visual displays and talks complementing the performances in Dublin's National Concert Hall.’
    • ‘A focus on texts and their position in all kinds of Italian secular vocal music of the time leads to a rather wordy book not very easy to follow in its layout, especially when a music example precedes its reference.’
    • ‘No matter how wordy the material he begins with, this Russian-born director's work always emphasizes experiencing the story viscerally, through the senses.’
    • ‘The book is wordy, and repetition of various concepts by different contributors and heaviness on quotations make it slow reading.’
    • ‘There are more than 40 deleted scenes, and though some are about 1/10 the length of Smith's wordy intros, most are fun to watch and boast full production quality.’
    • ‘Moreover, he had to worry about all manner of dull work: petitions were read, proclamations heard, and patents and all manner of wordy, repetitious and wearisome papers had to be attended to.’
    • ‘Repetition is neither wordy nor inefficient; it improves clarity, understanding, and remembrance of the rules.’
    • ‘You attempt to cover over lifeless language with wonderfully wordy witticisms of the repetitive variety.’
    • ‘Two days of debate followed, producing formulations ever more tortuous and wordy, amid signs of growing impatience from the public galleries.’
    • ‘I was going to write something more about my experience of travelling around the city, but due to lack of time it's in digestible bullet-point form rather than anything more complicated and wordy.’
    • ‘By this point, our interactions consisted largely of lengthy letters exchanged from my college typewriter to her secretarial bay word processor - long, wordy journals of what we each were doing.’
    • ‘The play suffers from a wordy and lengthy first act which is, to my mind, unavoidably necessary in order to establish the characters.’
    long-winded, verbose, prolix, full of verbiage, lengthy, protracted, long-drawn-out, diffuse, discursive, rambling, digressive, maundering, circumlocutory, periphrastic, repetitious, tautological, tortuous
    loquacious, garrulous, voluble
    windy, talky
    waffly
    pleonastic, logorrhoeic, ambagious
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  • 2archaic Consisting of words:

    ‘on the publication of Worcester's dictionary, a wordy war arose’
    • ‘A week into the invasion at the time of writing, it already seems such an excessively wordy war.’
    • ‘The sessions including the zero hour and introduction of bills passed off without scuffles or a wordy war.’
    • ‘It was hard to tell which regiment would come off the victor in this wordy battle.’

Origin

Old English wordig (see word, -y).

Pronunciation:

wordy

/ˈwəːdi/