(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. wordy, prolix, repetitive, talkative. See diffuseness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. wordy, prolix, tedious, tautologous, redundant, repetitious, circumlocutory, repetitive, periphrastic, abounding in tautology, diffuse, repeating, pleonastic, bombastic, involved, involuted, tortuous, loquacious, long-winded, garrulous, talkative, magniloquent, grandiloquent, rhetorical, voluble, flowery, over-rhetorical, fustian, characterized by redundancy, word-mongering, farsed, stuffed, gabby*, loudmouthed*, talky*, windy*, big-mouthed*, blabby*, full of air*; see also dull 4 .
Ant. terse*, precise, succinct.
Syn.- verbose suggests a wordiness that results in obscurity, tediousness, bombast, etc. [ a verbose acceptance speech ] ; wordy is the general term implying the use of more words in speaking or writing than are necessary for communication [ a wordy document ] ; prolix implies such a tiresome elaboration of trivial details as to be boring or dull [ his prolix sermons ] ; diffuse suggests such verbosity and loose construction as to lose all force and sharpness [ a rambling, diffuse harangue ] ; redundant implies the use of unnecessary or repetitious words or phrases [ a redundant literary style ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
wordy, long-winded, prolix, tautological, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, repetitive, redundant, voluble, *motor-mouthed.
ANT.: concise, succinct, to the point, pithy
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Using or containing an excessive number of words: diffuse, long-winded, periphrastic, pleonastic, prolix, redundant, wordy. See EXCESS, STYLE, WORDS.

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