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A long word.
1. Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
2. Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.
sesquipedalian(ˌsɛskwɪpɪˈdeɪlɪən) or less commonly
1. tending to use very long words
2. (of words or expressions) long and ponderous; polysyllabic
a polysyllabic word
[C17: from Latin sēsquipedālis of a foot and a half (coined by Horace in Ars Poetica), from sesqui- + pedālis of the foot, from pēs foot]
ˌsesquipeˈdalianism, sesquipedality n
ses•qui•pe•da•li•an(ˌsɛs kwɪ pɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən)
1. given to using long words.
2. (of a word) containing many syllables.
[1605–15; < Latin sēsquipedāli(s) measuring a foot and a half]
Used to describe words that are long and have many syllables.
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|Noun||1.||sesquipedalian - a very long word (a foot and a half long)|
|Adj.||1.||sesquipedalian - given to the overuse of long words; "sesquipedalian orators"; "this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money"|
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
|2.||sesquipedalian - (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"