Definition of wordy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwərdē/

adjective (wordier, wordiest)

1Using or expressed in too many words: a wordy and repetitive account
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  • Rather it is a wordy exercise devoid of critical intelligence.
  • I feel that most stories set in the middle ages tend to fall back on the archaic language that makes it more difficult to understand and rather overly wordy - the great exception to this being Ella Enchanted, which is a fabulous book.
  • A focus on texts and their position in all kinds of Italian secular vocal music of the time leads to a rather wordy book not very easy to follow in its layout, especially when a music example precedes its reference.
long-winded, verbose, prolix, lengthy, protracted, long-drawn-out, overlong, rambling, circumlocutory, periphrastic, pleonastic;
loquacious, garrulous, voluble
informal windy
1.1 archaic Consisting of words: on the publication of Worcester’s dictionary, a wordy war arose
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  • The sessions including the zero hour and introduction of bills passed off without scuffles or a wordy war.
  • A week into the invasion at the time of writing, it already seems such an excessively wordy war.
  • It was hard to tell which regiment would come off the victor in this wordy battle.



Pronunciation: /ˈwərdəlē/
Example sentences
  • And the remarkable thing about her wordily expressed attitude to the Church's flawed but essentially positive foray into feminist discourse is that she sees the Vatican's pronouncements as irrelevant anyway.
  • Tolerance, knowledge, simplicity, and love are wordily and exhaustively extolled and proved to be superior to their opposites - sometimes by Pemberton, other times by Sarah, and sometimes by famous Viennese philosophers.
  • In a short bit I'll be heading out to a similar format for the wordily titled East Coast North American Single Speed Championship of the Universe.


Pronunciation: /ˈwərdēnəs/
Example sentences
  • I'm gonna start sticking the odd photo up in this blog, just to break up the wordiness and give the three people who read it something else to look at.
  • If you don't mind the inherent wordiness and static nature of an adapted stage play - or even if you do - there's certainly a lot to like here.
  • In terms of style, Lyons occasionally tends to wordiness.


Old English wordig (see word, -y1).

Words that rhyme with wordy

birdie, curdy, hurdy-gurdy, nerdy, sturdy, vinho verde

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Syllabification: word·y

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