from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having more than two and usually more than three syllables.
  • adj. Characterized by words having more than three syllables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having more than one syllable; having multiple or many syllables.
  • adj. Characterized by or consisting of words having numerous syllables.
  • n. a word having more than one syllable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a polysyllable; containing, or characterized by, polysyllables; consisting of more than three syllables.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a polysyllable; consisting of many syllables, specifically of more than three.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or characterized by words of more than three syllables
  • adj. (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables


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  • And both these words, as well as individual, which must be treated more at length in the next section, are illustrations of a tendency that we have called polysyllabic humour and discussed in the Chapter Airs and Graces.


  • In recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has been both clever and deceptive in giving this kind of polysyllabic, clinical name to even mild, transient versions of common ailments as a way of persuading both doctors and patients that their new, potent drugs are essential to our well-being.

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  • Slither: I could start off by getting all academic on you and talking about the conscious role of the metaphor of sexual violation in horror films, or I could get all polysyllabic on you and use words like "polysyllabic," and while I can't promise I won't commit those sins later on in this review, dear reader, I will say at the start that


  • He was too busy mispronouncing polysyllabic words, invading countries and getting mixed up about weapons of Mass Destruction to be able to show up and admit that "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" was his favorite Oscar-winning tune.

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  • After that my vocabulary runs out of obscure polysyllabic words and I'm forced to just stutter, stammer and blurt out something like Oh yeah?

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  • With a remarkable 37 or so ingredients, many of which are polysyllabic chemical compounds, Twinkies would seem to embody the antithesis of that rule …

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  • (Either that or this transplant simply can't comprehend the term when spoken with a polysyllabic Dallas drawl.)

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  • The comics pages didn't draw him in as much as all those polysyllabic names.

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  • While it is true that what we at home call meatloaf we may encounter in a restaurant as polpettone , the urge to infuse the everyday with romantic and polysyllabic mystique is not exclusive to the realm of gastronomy.

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  • When he meets with his doctor to discuss the results of these tests, the doctor, a middle-aged white man dressed in a lab coat, describes the test results in a clinical doctor talk filled with polysyllabic terms.

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