- having several, esp. four or more, syllables
- characterized by polysyllables
Origin of polysyllabicMedieval Latin polysyllabus from Classical Greek polysyllabos from poly-, poly- + syllab?, syllable + -ic
- Having more than two and usually more than three syllables.
- Characterized by words having more than three syllables.
- (of a word) Having more than one syllable; having multiple or many syllables.
- "Antidisestablishmentarianism" definitely qualifies as a polysyllabic word.
- "˜Polysyllabic' is a polysyllabic word.
- (of spoken or written language) Characterized by or consisting of words having numerous syllables.
- I have a particularly off-putting predilection for the utilization of ponderously polysyllabic linguistic constructions.
Authoritative sources disagree concerning the precise number of syllables needed for a word to count as polysyllabic. The references cited below variously stipulate anywhere from more than one syllable to four or more. In general usage, a polysyllabic word is a word which is regarded as lengthy and polysyllabic writing or speech is often regarded as elaborate, overly lengthy, or excessively complex.