sesquipedality

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sesquipedalian.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌsɛskwɪpɪˈdæləti/

Noun[edit]

sesquipedality (plural sesquipedalities)

  1. An instance or condition of being sesquipedalian.
    • 1760, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Penguin, published 2003, page 93:
      Imagine to yourself a little, squat, uncourtly figure of a Doctor Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a sesquipedality of belly, which might have done honour to a Serjeant in the Horse-Guards.