- Verbiage is an excess of words to express what is meant.
An example of verbiage is the language Shakespeare used in his written work.
Dickens was also a master of verbiage.
- an excess of words beyond those needed to express concisely what is meant; wordiness
- style of expression; diction
Origin of verbiageFrench ; from Old French verbier, to speak, chatter ; from verbe: see verb
- An excess of words for the purpose; wordiness.
- The manner in which something is expressed in words: software verbiage.
Origin of verbiageFrench, from Middle French : verbier, to warble, twitter, prattle (variant of earlier verboier; akin to Old French guerbler, to sing in a certain way (perhaps by using modulations); see warble) + -age, n. suff. (influenced in sense by verbe, word).
- Overabundance of words
- (US) The manner in which something is expressed in words;
- use concise military verbiage – G.S. Patton Usage note: because of the pejorative connotation of the primary definition of "verbiage" it is preferred to use "diction," "phrasing," etc. to describe the manner in which something is expressed in words.
From French verbiage