sesquipedalian

[ ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uhn ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Mid 17th century; Latin

from Latin sesquipedalis ‘a foot and a half long’, from sesqui- (see sesqui-) + pes, ped- ‘foot’

Synonyms

    1.
  • long-winded
  • bombastic
  • polysyllabic
  • grandiloquent
  • florid
  • prolix
    2.
  • N/A

Antonyms

    1.
  • short
  • concise
    2.
  • N/A

Definition

1. characterized by long words
2. (of a word) containing many syllables

Examples

1. Medical journals often have a sesquipedalian nature to them.
2. Supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus would be considered a sesquipedalian.

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