Definitions

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

  • noun An excess of words for the purpose; wordiness.
  • noun The manner in which something is expressed in words.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The use of many words without necessity; superabundance of words; wordiness; verbosity.
  • noun Synonyms Verbosity, etc. See pleonasm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The use of many words without necessity, or with little sense; a superabundance of words; verbosity; wordiness.

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

  • noun Overabundance of words
  • noun US The manner in which something is expressed in words;

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

  • noun the manner in which something is expressed in words
  • noun overabundance of words

Etymologies

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

[French, from Middle French : verbier, to warble, twitter, prattle (variant of earlier verboier; akin to Old French guerbler, to sing in a certain way (perhaps by using modulations); see warble) + -age, n. suff. (influenced in sense by verbe, word).]

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From French verbiage

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