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