An example of verbiage is the language Shakespeare used in his written work.
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.
Origin of verbiage
- French from Middle French verbier to warble, twitter, prattle (variant of earlier verboier) (Old French guerbler to sing in a certain way (perhaps by using modulations) warble) -age n. suff. (influenced in sense by verbe word)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French verbiage