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polysyllabic

Syllabification: pol·y·syl·lab·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌpälēsəˈlabik
 
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Definition of polysyllabic in English:

adjective

1(Of a word) having more than one syllable.
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 jargon
More 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.

Derivatives

polysyllabically

1
Pronunciation: /-səˈlabək(ə)lē/
adverb
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.

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