Definition of verbose in English:

Share this entry

verbose

Pronunciation: /vərˈbōs/

adjective

Using or expressed in more words than are needed: much academic language is obscure and verbose
More example sentences
  • Ben, I know that you asked for suggestions as a comment but you must know me by now - wordy, verbose and horribly convoluted.
  • Even on radio, their rhetorical style sounds windy, verbose, addicted to polysyllables for their own sake.
  • He cares and worries intensely about movies, and he's eloquent, loquacious, even verbose on the subject.
Synonyms
wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble;
long-winded, flatulent, lengthy, prolix, tautological, pleonastic, periphrastic, circumlocutory, circuitous, wandering, discursive, digressive, rambling
informal mouthy, gabby, chatty, motormouthed

Derivatives

verbosely

Pronunciation: /vərˈbōslē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Somewhere, I have a bunch of photos I took in London of signs politely and verbosely requesting the viewer's compliance.
  • Although Kaczynski tends to expand verbosely on his opinions, his thoughts always remain coherent and directed by a conscious design.
  • I feel/think your version of ‘discourse’ above is a little icky, is what I am politely if verbosely trying to say.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin verbosus, from verbum 'word'.

Words that rhyme with verbose

adiós, chausses, Close, Davos, dose, engross, gross, Grosz, jocose, morose, Rhos

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ver·bose

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.