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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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