Definition of wordy in English:



  • 1Using or expressed in rather too many words.

    ‘a wordy and repetitive account’
    • ‘There are short, clean-cut, crisp sentences with none of the wordy, long-windedness of one who has spent long years on the Bench.’
    • ‘The book is wordy, and repetition of various concepts by different contributors and heaviness on quotations make it slow reading.’
    • ‘Ben, I know that you asked for suggestions as a comment but you must know me by now - wordy, verbose and horribly convoluted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No matter how wordy the material he begins with, this Russian-born director's work always emphasizes experiencing the story viscerally, through the senses.’
    • ‘You attempt to cover over lifeless language with wonderfully wordy witticisms of the repetitive variety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Repetition is neither wordy nor inefficient; it improves clarity, understanding, and remembrance of the rules.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two days of debate followed, producing formulations ever more tortuous and wordy, amid signs of growing impatience from the public galleries.’
    • ‘Rather it is a wordy exercise devoid of critical intelligence.’
    • ‘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.’
    long-winded, verbose, prolix, full of verbiage, lengthy, protracted, long-drawn-out, diffuse, discursive, rambling, digressive, maundering, circumlocutory, periphrastic, repetitious, tautological, tortuous
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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.’


Old English wordig (see word, -y).