Verbosity is a quality possessed by people who talk a lot while saying very little at all.

The root verb — also seen in verbal — is a clue this word has to do with talking. Specifically, verbosity is the quality of gabbing and blabbing at length. That might sound like a talent, and it sort of is, but usually the words are a bit empty. You could be accused of verbosity if you like to exaggerate or wax poetic. Most of the time, verbosity is empty talk — a whole lot of nothing dressed up in too many words.

Definitions of verbosity
  1. noun

    an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words

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    a neatly short and concise expressive style

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    verbalism, verbiage

    overabundance of words
    long-windedness, prolixity, prolixness, windiness, wordiness

    boring verbosity
    ambage, circumlocution, periphrasis

    a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
    repetitiousness, repetitiveness

    verboseness resulting from excessive repetitions

    using more words than necessary
    flatulence, turgidity, turgidness

    pompously embellished language

    repetition of messages to reduce the probability of errors in transmission

    useless repetition
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    expressive style, style

    a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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