How do I say that something "contains a lot of content" with a single word?

Is there an English word for this statement?

  • something — may be a text, an article, a blog post
  • contains a lot of content — contains good, new information that is usable for users
  • a lot — is only about quantity, not about "a wide variety of types" or anything like that.

I would use comprehensive especially in a positive sense

complete and including everything that is necessary

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    Hmm. Something can easily contain a lot of content, and yet not be comprehensive.
    – Beska
    Jul 17 '13 at 13:11

A number of words might be suitable, depending on the context. They include copious, abundant, lavish, rich, extensive, ample, overflowing, bountiful and profuse.


The text, article or blog post is said to be informative.

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    +1... Informative is a succinct way of saying that the writing contains useful or quality information. That said, however, the word doesn't convey to me any sense of volume or verbosity. Nov 28 '11 at 5:49
  • @bracho I agree. Something may also contain a lot of useless or noisy content, which may not meet the asker's needs. Nov 28 '11 at 10:31
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    informative is a qualitative attribute, OP's question relates to quantity.
    – Kris
    Nov 28 '11 at 12:52

If you want a word that is unambiguously positive, use informative. If you want to emphasize quantity a bit more, and don't mind a possibly-negative connotation, you can use dense or maybe packed.

  • You could even say "information-dense" or "information-packed" to rule out the negative connotation. Even without it, I increasingly hear "dense" used in this way: Wow, that article is really dense. I'm going to have to go over it again to really understand it all.
    – BradC
    Nov 29 '11 at 17:10
  • Density is relative: a unit of quantity per unit volume. A small quantity can still be dense or packed if it occupies a relatively small amount of space. Density says nothing of the absolute quantity.
    – Kris
    Nov 30 '11 at 8:56
  • @Kris, in this case, the absolute quantity is a given. Whatever the something is — a book, an article, whatever — it has a certain length. What the OP wants (I think) is a way to say that within that length, there is a large amount of actual content, i.e. very little fluff or filler. This is precisely what "dense" means.
    – Marthaª
    Nov 30 '11 at 14:33

You can say that something is bloated, although it often expresses the concept with a somewhat negative connotation.

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    The connotations of "bloated" are always quite negative.
    – user13141
    Nov 27 '11 at 20:03
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    Except when it applies to one's bank account.
    – Gnawme
    Nov 27 '11 at 20:48
  • ...or if someone is said to be "positively bloated" :P Nov 28 '11 at 10:34

I'd tend to use "wordy", although its use is somewhat negative, implying that there are more words than necessary.

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