- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): ˌpɒl.ɪ.sɪˈlæb.ɪk
- (Australia) IPA(key): ˌpɔl.ɪ.sɪˈlæb.ɪk
- (General American) IPA(key): ˌpɑl.ɪ.sɪˈlæb.ɪk
- Rhymes: -æbɪk
- Hyphenation: po‧ly‧syl‧la‧bic
polysyllabic (not comparable)
- (of a word) Having more than one syllable; having multiple or many syllables.
- "Antidisestablishmentarianism" definitely qualifies as a polysyllabic word.
- ‘Polysyllabic’ is a polysyllabic word.
- (of spoken or written language) Characterized by or consisting of words having numerous syllables.
- I have a particularly off-putting predilection for the utilization of ponderously polysyllabic linguistic constructions.
Authoritative sources disagree concerning the precise number of syllables needed for a word to count as polysyllabic. The references cited below variously stipulate anywhere from more than one syllable to four or more. In general usage, a polysyllabic word is a word which is regarded as lengthy and polysyllabic writing or speech is often regarded as elaborate, overly lengthy, or excessively complex.
- (of a word): multisyllabic
polysyllabic (plural polysyllabics)
- “polysyllabic” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- “polysyllabic” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
- "polysyllabic" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)
- Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)