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Wiktionary

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

WOTD - 9 October 2006    

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Etymology

Lit. “a foot and a half long”.

From sesqui-, from Latin sesqui (one and a half); + pedal, from Latin pedis, form of pes (foot), + adjective suffix -alis; + adjective suffix -ian.

Cognate to French sesquipédal, Latin sesquipedalis.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
sesquipedalian

Plural
sesquipedalians

sesquipedalian (plural sesquipedalians)

  1. A person who uses long words.
  2. A long word.

Adjective

sesquipedalian (comparative more sesquipedalian, superlative most sesquipedalian)

Positive
sesquipedalian

Comparative
more sesquipedalian

Superlative
most sesquipedalian

  1. (of a word or words) long; polysyllabic.
    More people know the sesquipedalian word "antidisestablishmentarianism" than know what it means.
  2. Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.
    Our dinner guest was so sesquipedalian that no one could understand what he said.

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