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1. Having more than two and usually more than three syllables.
2. Characterized by words having more than three syllables.

pol′y·syl·lab′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk) or


(Linguistics) consisting of more than two syllables
ˌpolysylˈlabically adv


(ˌpɒl i sɪˈlæb ɪk)

also pol`y•syl•lab′i•cal,

1. consisting of several, esp. four or more, syllables.
2. characterized by polysyllabic words, as a language or piece of writing.
pol`y•syl•lab′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polysyllabic - having or characterized by words of more than three syllables
syllabic - consisting of a syllable or syllables
2.polysyllabic - (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables; "sesquipedalian technical terms"
long - primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified; "a long road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long words"; "ten miles long"


Having many syllables:


[ˈpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk] ADJpolisílabo


adjviel- or mehrsilbig


[ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk] adjpolisillabo/a
References in classic literature ?
Yet I will not altogether blame it, for it made me know, as nothing else could, the resources of our tongue in that sort; and in the revolt from the slavish bondage I took upon myself I did not go so far as to plunge into any very wild polysyllabic excesses.
I have jotted down the very words of their argument, but now it degenerates into a mere noisy wrangle with much polysyllabic scientific jargon upon each side.
A man who intermingled nameless argot with polysyllabic and technical terms, he would seem sometimes the veriest criminal, in speech, face, expression, everything; at other times the cultured and polished gentleman, and again, the philosopher and scientist.
Mrs Betty Higden was herself in a moment, and brought them all to order with that speed, that Sloppy, stopping short in a polysyllabic bellow, transferred his energy to the mangle, and had taken several penitential turns before he could be stopped.
The Phonological Component in the CoST is designed to measure knowledge of the phono-graphic (speech sound to alphabetic letter) representation of initial and final consonants, regular short medial vowels, common digraphs, and medial blends within polysyllabic words (Richards, Aylward, Berninger, et al.
postulated morpheme # word boundary = enclitic boundary - polysyllabic suffix boundary (independent prosodic word) + monosyllabic suffix boundary (part of preceding prosodic word) .
It was the first place I encountered Artforum, The Guardian, polysyllabic words, Talking Heads, vintage shops, and pasta sauce that wasn't Bolognese.
One way the speakers emphasized their gentility was through the use of polysyllabic words and "purple prose"--that is, prose that was "over-written, excessively rich, hyper-adjectival, melodramatic, [and] over-rhetorical.
Their euphonious counterparts, sureness and sweetness, are markedly different: polysyllabic, the abstract nouns temper the severity of the action both by sound and sensory appeal.
It shatters the polysyllabic patterns of oral language into minimal, specialized units-into "words," which are essentially visual, spatial units.
The best part of the song is when Persson transforms the word "mine'' into a polysyllabic cry of love and devotion, which reminds the listener how great it is to hear Persson singing again.