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polysyllabic ‎(not comparable)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

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.



Related terms[edit]



polysyllabic ‎(plural polysyllabics)

  1. A word having more than one syllable


  • polysyllabic”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  • polysyllabic” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • "polysyllabic" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • polysyllabic” in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)