Definition of verbiage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːbɪɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
1Excessively lengthy or technical speech or writing: the basic idea here, despite all the verbiage, is simple there is plenty of irrelevant verbiage
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  • Corruption and tyranny both hide in irrelevant public verbiage.
  • Dwarfed by the scope of the bill's radical changes, this bit of verbiage flew under the public's radar screen.
  • Smiley says her first letters to the Times were edited heavily, with excess verbiage getting the knife.
2US The way in which something is expressed; wording or diction: we need to look at how the rule should be applied, based on the verbiage
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  • A modern cinematic chronicle of baseball's integration has to be bolder about using authentic verbiage.
  • The verbiage on the site is also key to the design.
  • In that same tradition Walsh provides them with some witty, juicy verbiage.


The form verbage, formed without the i on the pattern of words such as garbage, is sometimes used, but this is generally regarded as a mistake. Around five per cent of citations in the Oxford English Corpus are for this incorrect spelling.


Early 18th century: from French, from obsolete verbeier 'to chatter', from verbe 'word' (see verb).

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