60 words to describe writing or speaking styles

  1. articulate - able to express your thoughts, arguments, and ideas clearly and effectively; writing or speech is clear and easy to understand
  2. chatty - a chatty writing style is friendly and informal
  3. circuitous - taking a long time to say what you really mean when you are talking or writing about something
  4. clean - clean language or humour does not offend people, especially because it does not involve sex
  5. conversational - a conversational style of writing or speaking is informal, like a private conversation
  6. crisp - crisp speech or writing is clear and effective
  7. declamatory - expressing feelings or opinions with great force
  8. diffuse - using too many words and not easy to understand
  9. discursive - including information that is not relevant to the main subject
  10. economical - an economical way of speaking or writing does not use more words than are necessary
  11. elliptical - suggesting what you mean rather than saying or writing it clearly
  12. eloquent - expressing what you mean using clear and effective language
  13. emphatic - making your meaning very clear because you have very strong feelings about a situation or subject
  14. emphatically - very firmly and clearly
  15. epigrammatic - expressing something such as a feeling or idea in a short and clever or funny way
  16. epistolary - relating to the writing of letters
  17. euphemistic - euphemistic expressions are used for talking about unpleasant or embarrassing subjects without mentioning the things themselves
  18. flowery - flowery language or writing uses many complicated words that are intended to make it more attractive
  19. fluent - expressing yourself in a clear and confident way, without seeming to make an effort
  20. formal - correct or conservative in style, and suitable for official or serious situations or occasions
  21. gossipy - a gossipy letter is lively and full of news about the writer of the letter and about other people
  22. grandiloquent - expressed in extremely formal language in order to impress people, and often sounding silly because of this
  23. idiomatic - expressing things in a way that sounds natural
  24. inarticulate - not able to express clearly what you want to say; not spoken or pronounced clearly
  25. incoherent - unable to express yourself clearly
  26. informal - used about language or behaviour that is suitable for using with friends but not in formal situations
  27. journalistic - similar in style to journalism
  28. learned - a learned piece of writing shows great knowledge about a subject, especially an academic subject
  29. literary - involving books or the activity of writing, reading, or studying books; relating to the kind of words that are used only in stories or poems, and not in normal writing or speech
  30. lyric - using words to express feelings in the way that a song would
  31. lyrical - having the qualities of music
  32. ornate - using unusual words and complicated sentences
  33. orotund - containing extremely formal and complicated language intended to impress people
  34. parenthetical - not directly connected with what you are saying or writing
  35. pejorative - a pejorative word, phrase etc expresses criticism or a bad opinion of someone or something
  36. picturesque - picturesque language is unusual and interesting
  37. pithy - a pithy statement or piece of writing is short and very effective
  38. poetic - expressing ideas in a very sensitive way and with great beauty or imagination
  39. polemical - using or supported by strong arguments
  40. ponderous - ponderous writing or speech is serious and boring
  41. portentous - trying to seem very serious and important, in order to impress people
  42. prolix - using too many words and therefore boring
  43. punchy - a punchy piece of writing such as a speech, report, or slogan is one that has a strong effect because it uses clear simple language and not many words
  44. rambling - a rambling speech or piece of writing is long and confusing
  45. readable - writing that is readable is clear and able to be read
  46. rhetorical - relating to a style of speaking or writing that is effective or intended to influence people; written or spoken in a way that is impressive but is not honest
  47. rhetorically - in a way that expects or wants no answer; using or relating to rhetoric
  48. rough - a rough drawing or piece of writing is not completely finished
  49. roundly- in a strong and clear way
  50. sententious - expressing opinions about right and wrong behaviour in a way that is intended to impress people
  51. sesquipedalian - using a lot of long words that most people do not understand
  52. Shakespearean - using words in the way that is typical of Shakespeare’s writing
  53. stylistic - relating to ways of creating effects, especially in language and literature
  54. succinct - expressed in a very short but clear way
  55. turgid - using language in a way that is complicated and difficult to understand
  56. unprintable - used for describing writing or words that you think are offensive
  57. vague - someone who is vague does not clearly or fully explain something
  58. verbose - using more words than necessary, and therefore long and boring
  59. well-turned - a well-turned phrase is one that is expressed well
  60. wordy - using more words than are necessary, especially long or formal words

Source for Words: Macmillan Dictionary

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