prolix

A book that feels like it is several hundred pages longer than it needs to be is prolix. The word simply means that something has too many words and goes on too long.

To avoid being called prolix, we'll keep this short. Prolix means using more words than necessary. For a less formal word choice try wordy, verbose, long-winded or drawn out.

DEFINITIONS OF: prolix

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adj tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length

“editing a prolix manuscript”
“a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know”
Synonyms
diffuse
lacking conciseness
long-winded, tedious, verbose, windy, wordy
using or containing too many words
verbal
prolix
pleonastic, redundant, tautologic, tautological
repetition of same sense in different words
voluble
marked by a ready flow of speech
Antonyms:
concise
expressing much in few words
aphoristic, apothegmatic, epigrammatic
terse and witty and like a maxim
brief
concise and succinct
compact, compendious, succinct, summary
briefly giving the gist of something
crisp, curt, laconic, terse
brief and to the point; effectively cut short
cryptic
having a puzzling terseness
elliptic, elliptical
characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements
pithy, sententious
concise and full of meaning
telegraphic
having the style of a telegram with many short words left out
taciturn
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
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