Definition of polysyllabic in English:


Syllabification: pol·y·syl·lab·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌpälisəˈlabik


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



Pronunciation: /-səˈlabək(ə)lē/
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  • 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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