1 given to the overuse of long words; "sesquipedalian orators"; "this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money"
2 (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables; "sesquipedalian technical terms" [syn: polysyllabic] n : a very long word (a foot and a half long) [syn: sesquipedalia]
EtymologyFrom sesqui-, from Latin sesqui, one and a half, + pedal, from Latin pes, pedis, foot, + adjective suffix -alis, + adjective suffix -ian: Lit. a foot and a half long. cf. F. sesquipédal, L. sesquipedalis.
- The act or practice of using long words.
- A long word.
of long words
- Bulgarian: многосричен
given to the use of long words
Latinate, a mile long, awkward, bombastic, cramped, cumbrous, elephantine, extensive, far-flung, far-reaching, fargoing, forced, formal, grandiloquence, guinde, halting, hard word, heavy, inkhorn, interminable, jawbreaker, jawbreaking, labored, leaden, lengthy, lexiphanicism, long, long word, longish, longsome, lumbering, no end of, polysyllabic, polysyllable, pompous, ponderous, sesquipedal, stiff, stilted, tall, turgid, unwieldy, without end