Sesquipedalian vs Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian - What's the difference?

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Sesquipedalian is a related term of hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian.

As adjectives the difference between sesquipedalian and hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian

is that sesquipedalian is (of a word or words) long; polysyllabic while hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian is of or pertaining to extremely long words.

As a noun sesquipedalian

is a long word.




(en noun)
  • A long word.
  • * 1830 , On the Art of Rising in Prose The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, part 2, v. 29, Henry Colburn and Co., page: 162:
  • “The fine old fellow,” as a Northern contemporary of ours patronizingly calls him, certainly rolled out his sesquipedalians with a majesty previously unknown, and gave a fine organ-like swell to his full-blow periods;
  • * 1927 , John S. Farmer, William Ernest Henley, A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English: Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled "Slang and Its Analogues" , Taylor & Francis, page: 164:
  • Fleet-streetese , the so-called English written to sell by the Fleet-streeter (q.v.), or baser sort of journalist: a mixture of sesquipedalians and slang, of phrases worn threadbare and phrases sprung from the kennel;
  • * 1952 , Hannah More , Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, page: 220:
  • ‘Sometimes we converse in ballad-rhymes, sometimes in Johnsonian sesquipedalians ; at tea we condescend to riddles and charades.’
  • A person who uses long words.
  • * 2008 , Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing ,Oxford University Press, page: 106:
  • Word-watchers, verbivores, and sesquipedalians love a challenge.
  • * 2009 , Sally Adams, Wynford Hicks, Interviewing for Journalists , Taylor & Francis, page: 97:
  • ‘What sort of writer is the English professor looking for?’ / ‘He wants a sesquipedalian , of course.’
  • * 2012 , Jonathan Herring, How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively , FT Press, chapter 8, page: ?:
  • Don’t be a sesquipedalian'! / Yes, you guessed right. A ' sesquipedalian is a person who enjoys long words.


    (en adjective)
  • (of a word or words) long; polysyllabic.
  • More people know the sesquipedalian word "antidisestablishmentarianism" than know what it means.
  • Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.
  • Our dinner guest was so sesquipedalian that no one could understand what he said.
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  • Synonyms

    * (of long words) polysyllabic * (given to the use of long words) bombastic, grandiloquent, long-winded, florid, prolix


    * (of long words) monosyllabic, brachysyllabic * (given to the use of long words) brief, terse, laconic

    Derived terms

    * sesquipedalianism – literary style characterised by the use of long words. * sesquipedalianist – a writer using sesquipedalianism. * sesquipedalophobia – fear of long words.




    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to extremely long words.
  • * 1997 , Steven George Krantz, A primer of mathematical writing
  • To indulge in hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian tergiversation is not to show your erudition: rather, it is to be superficial.
  • * 2005 , Greg Vaughn, Fred Holmes, Letters from Dad?
  • And when it comes to language, short, simple words often have more impact and power than multisyllabic, hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian ones.
  • * 2006 , Richard Lederer, Word Wizard: Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic
  • ...a forty-five-letter hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian word for black lung disease.