• (Of a word) Polysyllabic; long.
  • Characterized by long words; long-winded.

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Example Sentences

“His use of sesquipedalian phrases didn’t make him sound smarter — just hard to follow.”

“He’s a good teacher, but he can be so sesquipedalian that I have to ask him to simplify things.”

“My full name is so sesquipedalian, I prefer to go by my nickname: TJ.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-17th century

Why this word?

“Sesquipedalian” is what’s called an autological word, meaning a word that describes itself — it’s a long word about long words.

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