I'm struggling with a word for a list which is very well built, sorted, and organized, but it's a heck of a headache to deal with because there are so many items.

The list doesn't display old items, to prevent it from becoming______________.

I've toyed with the following words, but they don't seem to fit:

  • crowded (can a list be crowded?)
  • cluttered (has implication of messy, but the list is very well organized)
  • overwhelming (this is more of a person's reaction than a list characteristic)
  • jam packed (not proper enough)
  • congested (not blocking anything)
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    too long (yeah, that's two words, but still)
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:21
  • Bloated, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:30
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    Consider cumbersome or unwieldy.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:45
  • I'd just use "too dense", or maybe "overpopulated" (in context: populate = fill with data).
    – MorganFR
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:54
  • 2
    Perhaps unmanageable.
    – jxh
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 2:27

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A simple way to express this would be to say the list is becoming too long.

From Oxford Dictionaries Online:

3 Relatively great in extent:

‘write a long report’

‘a long list of candidates’


You apparently don't want the list to seem endless or interminable.

The list doesn't display old items, to prevent it from becoming endless/interminable.



1 Having or seeming to have no end or limit:
‘the list is endless’

interminable ADJECTIVE

Endless or apparently endless (often used hyperbolically)

‘After a while these interminable lists acquire a certain ghoulish fascination, prompting a host of other questions.’


endless adjective
1. having or seeming to have no end; eternal or infinite
2. continuing too long or continually recurring

interminable adjective
endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © Harper Collins Publishers



merriam-webster's definition of unwieldy

unwieldy: not easily managed, handled, or used (as because of bulk, weight, complexity, or awkwardness) : cumbersome

in your setentence: The list doesn't display old items, to prevent it from becoming unwieldy.


You could consider using "overloaded" which means:

having or supplied with too much of something: The market is already overloaded with car magazines - why would anyone want to produce another one?

Actual usage:

It was meant to comprise the name of those about whom suspicion was credible. However, unfortunately, owing to a certain 'indiscriminate use of the autority exercised by branch officers', the list became overloaded with names of persons who should not have been on it...

[Source: MI5 at War 1909-1918]


At the end of the sentence, you can probable use the phrase "a hotchpotch"

As per Cambridge dictionary, a hotchpotch is "a confused mixture of different things"

The words "ragbag" or "panoply" are other appropriate options

As per Cambridge dictionary, a panoply is "a wide range or collection of different things". A ragbag is "a confused mixture of different types of things"

  • Hmm, never seen it spelled as "hotchpotch". Google ngrams agrees that "hodgepodge" has been the more common spelling for the last 100 years. Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 18:05
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    It’s not cleat to me that OP reason for limiting the list is to keep it from becoming a confused mixture of things. It appears to be more a question of keeping the list short and current.
    – Jim
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 18:11
  • Hi Matt. The word 'hotchpotch' definitely exists. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/hotchpotch
    – Monzoor
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 18:14
  • Jim, if the question is to keep the list short and current, then the word "panoply" would suit the context right ?
    – Monzoor
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 18:15

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