- 1(Of a word) having more than one syllable.More example sentences
- A word containing many syllables is a polysyllable or polysyllabic word, such as selectivity and utilitarianism.
- Moreover, as noted in section 5.2.1, there is a marked tendency for polysyllabic words to commence with a stressed syllable.
- As they continue to develop, children learn to segment polysyllabic words into syllables as they approach kindergarten age and monosyllabic words into phonemes around first grade.
- 1.1Using or characterized by words of many syllables: polysyllabic jargonMore example sentences
- We should all know to avoid polysyllabic jargon.
- Chinese is monosyllabic, Japanese is polysyllabic; Japanese verbs, adjectives and adverbs inflect, whereas they don't in Chinese; and Japanese has a system of postpositions that Chinese doesn't.
- Greek has a polysyllabic vocabulary and it is often easier to communicate using something approximating to English - something that drives defenders of the Greek language wild with indignation.
- More example sentences
- And second, the writing is so inflated, both polysyllabically and by median sentence length, that the dutiful reader cannot help feeling that he or she has been sentenced indeed.
- Were he still with us, he would no doubt be saying, "I told you so," except more polysyllabically.
More definitions of polysyllabicDefinition of polysyllabic in:
- The British & World English dictionary