MEANING: adjective: Using pretentious words and language.

ETYMOLOGY: After Lexiphanes, a bombastic speaker, in the satire of the same name by Lucian (2nd century CE). From Greek lexis (speech, diction, word) + phainein (to show). Earliest documented use: 1767.

LEXIPHONIC - the sound of the words

LEXIPHANTIC - like a thin flexible membrane of transparent plastic

LEXICHANIC - how the machinery of a luxury automobile works