Definition of voluminous in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈljuːmɪnəs/


1(Of clothes) very loose or full; having much fabric: a voluminous purple cloak
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  • Well, the Elizabethans wore voluminous clothing, and an item or two less should not offend even the most prudish, we suppose.
  • She pulled her knees up to her chest and hugged her legs through the voluminous fabric of her skirts, closing her eyes and feeling resentment build.
  • But in the nineteenth century women were difficult to save: their voluminous clothing was a dead weight in water, and modesty usually prevented their shedding their apparel, even when in danger of drowning.
capacious, commodious, roomy, spacious, ample, full, big, large, sizeable, immense, vast, generous;
billowing, baggy, loose-fitting, boyfriend
rare spacey
1.1(Of a piece of furniture) large and accommodating: he sank into a voluminous armchair
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  • I mean voluminous, fully-upholstered armchairs, so substantial they could almost double as a suite in their own right.
2(Of writing) very lengthy and detailed: we all scribbled down voluminous notes
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  • His voluminous writings on biblical criticism show him to have been the first liberal textual critic.
  • Inevitably, a selection of subjects from Augustine's voluminous writings reflects the particular interests and views of the author.
  • His voluminous writings became scripture defining the party line and the correct view of history.
2.1(Of a writer) producing many books.
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  • Epicurus was a voluminous writer, but almost none of his own work survives.
  • The chapter on his grandfather is a delight; he was a Church of Ireland canon, who believed not only in a God of love but a God of anger and was also a regular correspondent to the Irish Times, and a voluminous diarist.
  • He was a voluminous letter writer and his letters are just the most splendid letters.



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  • Never from closer than 6 feet away, each one snaps his head forward and - powerfully and voluminously - spits into the courtyard, rounding off initial releases with two or three supplementaries.
  • Impressed by the novelty of the sights they witnessed, reporters wrote voluminously about the merits of the corporation, and articles appeared in many widely circulated periodicals.
  • He wrote voluminously on philosophy, logic, education, economics, and politics, and throughout his life was the champion of advanced political and social causes.


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  • By contrast, the range, diversity and voluminousness of his scholarly output is truly impressive.
  • However, both trends have uncovered a variety of hindrances that obstruct communication and transfer of knowledge, such as voluminousness, superficiality and special terminology.
  • Some thought it lacked the concentrated compactness of the other two, while others found insights in its voluminousness.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnɒsɪti/


Early 17th century: partly from late Latin voluminosus 'having many coils', partly from Latin volumen, volumin- (see volume).

Words that rhyme with voluminous

bituminous, leguminous, luminous, numinous

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