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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 polysyllabic 16-letter word 'interoperability' is ugly and not an easy headline word in media.
Phonological instruction should begin with mono-syllabic words (words with one syllable), followed by disyllabic words (words with two syllables) and then with polysyllabic words (words with three or more syllables), which are more difficult to encode.
Even relatively short words such as "racism, feminism, misogyny" and polysyllabic words have little place in poetry, except perhaps when used in the spirit of parody.
Not just the lyrical, polysyllabic elven names on which he spent so much linguistic time and effort--Nimrodel, Legolas, Galadriel--but Frodo, Wormtongue, Gaffer, even the hyphenated Sackville-Baggins, with its nod to Bloombury aesthetes.
Rodr'edguez-Lopez's guitar riffs stop and start, churn and flail; Cedric Bixler-Zavala sings salvos of polysyllabic lyrics, flinging dystopian imagery in all directions.
While many disyllabic and polysyllabic words may be morphologically complex, they may still contain constituents that are phonologically regular.
For Al Raee, a jovial man with an almost permanent smile on his face, the struggle through the final few polysyllabic words-'fidelity,' 'Constitution,' 'reservation'-did not matter.
One problem is that consumers tend to be afraid unnecessarily of polysyllabic chemical names, and food manufacturers have started to capitulate to the pressure of these misperceptions.