Definition of verbiage in English:


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  • 1Speech or writing that uses too many words or excessively technical expressions.

    ‘the basic idea here, despite all the verbiage, is simple’
    • ‘there is plenty of irrelevant verbiage’
    • ‘Corruption and tyranny both hide in irrelevant public verbiage.’
    • ‘Dwarfed by the scope of the bill's radical changes, this bit of verbiage flew under the public's radar screen.’
    • ‘Smiley says her first letters to the Times were edited heavily, with excess verbiage getting the knife.’
    • ‘At the time I considered the article a piece of ill-informed verbiage, posing as journalism.’
    • ‘Still, compared to most academic texts, Jones's verbiage is only middling.’
    • ‘We want to hose someone with verbiage until they yell uncle.’
    • ‘Despite the ramblings of this essay, I am left more with feeling and beingness than with text and verbiage.’
    • ‘Even I can't read all that much excessive verbiage, so I certainly don't expect you to do so.’
    • ‘Rothbard meant to be understood and he did not mean to be trapped in irrelevant verbiage.’
    • ‘I've lost jobs because I'll send the contract back and there are more lines going through all the verbiage than there is verbiage.’
    • ‘The rest of it appears to be superfluous verbiage to them.’
    • ‘Minus the film interaction, however, the opus suffered from overwrought verbiage and meandering vignettes.’
    • ‘Jargon was all-pervading, and treated as a substitute for thought - excessive verbiage usually hides a basic lack of real information.’
    • ‘It is important that the most important and strongest statements are not buried behind excessive verbiage.’
    • ‘If you're not sure what verbiage to use when personalizing a gift such as toasting flutes, you're not alone.’
    • ‘After all, the Internet has an infinite capacity to tuck excess verbiage away where no one need be bothered by it.’
    • ‘Brawarsky's maximalism finally loses its punch in excesses of painterly verbiage.’
    • ‘I fear that in all the disgusting verbiage of this bill, that does not appear anywhere.’
    • ‘Cutting through all of the government verbiage and jargon, if you will, what is the impact over the next five years?’
    • ‘Bring any two lawyers together for an opinion and they'll argue until the cash, space or verbiage runs out.’
    verbosity, verboseness, padding, wordiness, prolixity, prolixness, superfluity, redundancy, long-windedness, lengthiness, protractedness, discursiveness, expansiveness, digressiveness, convolution, circumlocution, circuitousness, rambling, wandering, meandering
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  • 2US The way in which something is expressed; wording or diction.

    ‘we need to look at how the rule should be applied, based on the verbiage’
    • ‘A modern cinematic chronicle of baseball's integration has to be bolder about using authentic verbiage.’
    • ‘The verbiage on the site is also key to the design.’
    • ‘In that same tradition Walsh provides them with some witty, juicy verbiage.’
    • ‘Last time stamp for this article is early morning, and the verbiage hints at the future, not present or past.’
    • ‘You are correct that the proper verbiage would be to use the verb "release".’
    • ‘Sherman's behavior and verbiage was succinct and efficient but it wasn't even remotely "thuggish."’
    • ‘Senators and Representatives become enamored of the "word du jour", a particular verbiage they find to be novel and attention-getting.’
    • ‘She brings up a valid point about Vicki constantly trying to create animosity("am-in-osity," in her verbiage) between her and Tamra.’
    • ‘In an email/face-to-face approach, make the verbiage appropriate for one-on-one communication.’
    • ‘I wish I hadn't used the word 'consultant'—it was the wrong verbiage.’
    • ‘His reports are clear, granular, and well-documented, both in terms of verbiage and photos.’
    • ‘The shirt is charcoal in color with the verbiage and imagery in green, blue and white.’



/ˈvərbēij/ /ˈvərbiɪdʒ/


The form verbage, formed without the i on the pattern of words such as garbage, is sometimes used, but this is generally regarded as a mistake. Around five percent of citations in the Oxford English Corpus are for this incorrect spelling


Early 18th century from French, from obsolete verbeier ‘to chatter’, from verbe ‘word’ (see verb).