• WordNet 3.6
    • n wordiness boring verbosity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wordiness The quality or state of being wordy, or abounding with words; verboseness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wordiness The quality of being wordy or of abounding with words.
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  • George Eliot
    “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”


In literature:

He was getting used to it, or thought he was, all but his wordy remonstrances.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
To think that he had imagined Jacqueline capable of leaving him for a creature like Channing, flabby, wordy, feebly vicious!
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
She could not even provoke her to the wordy combats of old.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Thus no opportunity is given for self-deception or a frivolous excuse based upon wordy boasting of one's faith.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
What hope can remain for wordy mediocrity?
"English Critical Essays" by Various
Their merchandise is the thoughts of God, which they defile with wordy traffic, understanding them not.
"Mad Shepherds" by L. P. Jacks
Such patriotism seemed altogether too wordy to be genuine.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
She has urged us, cheered us, led us, till this day has grown out of our wordy plans.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
The wordy war was between William M'Gillavry and his wife.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by John Mackay Wilson
He had many wordy tussles with Regina, and even did a little brain-fencing with Lesbia.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

I have heard the hoarse deniers,
I have known the wordy wars;
I have seen a man, by shouting,
Seek to orphan all the stars.
"The Fish" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
We will not drown in wordy praise
The kindly thoughts that rise;
If Friendship own one tender phrase,
He reads it in our eyes.
"At A Birthday Festival" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Let us join hands and mount our cars,
My friends and lovers all.
No time remains for wordy jars;
Things for prompt action call.
"Discontent" by Confucius
The faith, the vigour, bold to dwell
On doubts that drive the coward back,
And keen thro' wordy snares to track
Suggestion to her inmost cell.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 95" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
O the chatter, chatter, chatter,
Of the things that do not matter.
Little wordy things that clatter,
Restless feet that pitter patter,
All my pretty houses scatter,
All my noble castles scatter.
"The House Of Cards" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
--O loftier than the wordy strife
That floats o'er capitals; the chase
Of florid pleasure; the blind race
Of gold for gold by gamblers run,
This fair Vergilian life,
Where heaven and we and nature are at one!
"A Dorset Idyl" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Cortland Repertory Theatre's ' Agatha Christie :' Wordy and Worthy.
Usually we fill this spot with a wordy mixture of jokes and admiration for the latest episode of Friday Night Lights.
UNDER AGE 8 Too wordy and complicated for the little ones, and the one short patch of violence rules it out.
Our readers blast George Will for wordiness , the news media for building up the Baylor Bear and people for chaining up dogs.
Romance gets ' wordy '.
Some authors simply prefer compact storytelling over the novel's wordy road.
Judge dismisses wordy suit over congressional maps.
Get Wordy at the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous.
Can wordy Faulkner exist in time of tweets.
ROOTSTOWN — The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy has "outgrown" its wordy name, its new president said Tuesday.
On the wordy pleasures of August Wilson's Radio Golf.
The wordy name of this joint says it all.
Yes, it's wordy, weaselly, and wimpy – but sometimes useful, the Monitor's language columnist finds.
Wordy, wayward, and well-acted, Smart People is a slacker comedy for the literary set.
Modern ruined , thick and wordy isn't just a one-evening exhibit of mixed-media work by Frank Artsmarter.