Definition of verbiage in English:

verbiage

noun

mass noun
  • 1Excessively lengthy or technical speech or writing.

    ‘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.’

Usage

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 per cent of citations in the Oxford English Corpus are for this incorrect spelling

Origin

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

Pronunciation

verbiage

/ˈvəːbɪɪdʒ/