Simple Definition of prolix
: using too many words
Examples of prolix
The speech was unnecessarily prolix.
<a person known for habitually transforming brief anecdotes into prolix sagas that exhaust their listeners>
Origin of prolix
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French prolix, from Latin prolixus extended, from pro- forward + liquēre to be fluid — more at liquid
First Known Use: 15th century
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