What Is Verbiage? | Definition, Meaning & Examples
Verbiage is a noun referring to excessive or technical use of words. It usually has a negative connotation.
It’s also used in a more neutral sense to refer generally to the manner or style of written or spoken words. This usage is more common in US English than UK English.
Verbiage vs. verbage
“Verbage” is sometimes used to mean something similar to verbiage, but “verbage” is generally not regarded as a real word by dictionaries, and it’s best to avoid it.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym of “verbiage”?
There are numerous synonyms for the two meanings of verbiage.
Excessive use of language Manner/style of language Circumlocution Diction Diffuseness Language Long-windedness Phrasing Redundancy Style Verboseness Syntax Verbosity Turn of phrase Windiness Wording Wordage Wordiness
- How do I pronounce “verbiage”?
Verbiage has three syllables. It’s pronounced with emphasis on the first syllable: [ver-bee-ij].
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