Great Word of the Day: Sesquipedalian

Next up in this blog series, created to celebrate great and wonderful English language words, is sesquipedalian.


[ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uh n, –deylyuh n]

This adjective means:

  1. given to using long words;
  2. refers to a word containing many syllables.

Word Origin

This unusual word has its origins in Latin and dates back to about 1605-15. It comes from the word sēsquipedālis which means to measure a foot and a half.

How to use sesquipedalian

He was indebted to a ruse of Aunt Margaret for his historic and sesquipedalian name.

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