sesquipedalian love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long word.
  • adjective Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
  • adjective Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing or measuring a foot and a half: as, a sesquipedalian pygmy: often humorously said of long words, in translation of Horace's sesquipedalia verba (words a foot and a half long).
  • Addicted to the use of long words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A long word.
  • noun A person who uses long words.
  • adjective of a word or words long; polysyllabic.
  • adjective Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.

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

  • adjective given to the overuse of long words
  • adjective (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables
  • noun a very long word (a foot and a half long)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin sesquipedalis (literally "a foot and a half long"), from sesqui-, from Latin sesqui ("one and a half"); + pedal, from Latin pedis, form of pes ("foot"), + adjective suffix -alis; + adjective suffix -ian. Cognate to French sesquipédal.



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  • I love that the word sesquipedalian is pretty long itself.

    December 3, 2006

  • Its a word that describes itself, and chances are that if you know it, it also describes you :o)

    December 9, 2006

  • thecosas describes it in a very non-sesquipedalian way!

    December 23, 2006

  • Too show-offy for my taste. This is the kind of word people put in crossword puzzles to be cute.

    May 19, 2007

  • Wordy; bad wordy, not good Wordie

    June 13, 2007

  • But it FEELS so good to SAAAAAY... Mmm... sesquipedalian...

    October 10, 2007

  • And it looks good on a Onesie!

    October 16, 2007

  • "An Australian man facing assault charges for throwing a snowball at a co-worker refused a plea bargain and instead insisted on a trial to clear his name, his mother said.

    Andrew Thistleton, who was a seasonal ski shop worker at the Copper Mountain resort last February, says he playfully tossed the snowball at Michelle Oehlert as she and her boyfriend waited for a bus. Prosecutors described the incident as a malicious attack with an "iceball".

    A judge yesterday declared a mistrial after Oehlert brought up new allegations during her testimony.

    Officials indicated Oehlert said when that Thistleton "tried to make me feel stupid by using big words to make himself feel better - sometimes he'd brush his hand against my behind".

    No sexual misconduct allegation was ever discussed before the trial started. The new allegations led to a mistrial being declared and the scheduling of a new trial to start this week." - The Age online, 9 Dec 2007.

    December 9, 2007

  • sesquipedalian approach to words is the biggest destroyer of true poetry

    March 10, 2008

  • Wordie is sooooooo sesquipedalian. Did someone say that? It seems like someone should have.

    June 13, 2008