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prolix

adjective pro·lix \prō-ˈliks, ˈprō-(ˌ)\

: using too many words

Full Definition of PROLIX

1
:  unduly prolonged or drawn out :  too long
2
:  marked by or using an excess of words
pro·lix·i·ty \prō-ˈlik-sə-tē\ noun
pro·lix·ly adverb

Examples of PROLIX

  1. The speech was unnecessarily prolix.
  2. <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

Synonym Discussion of PROLIX

wordy, verbose, prolix, diffuse mean using more words than necessary to express thought. wordy may also imply loquaciousness or garrulity <a wordy speech>. verbose suggests a resulting dullness, obscurity, or lack of incisiveness or precision <the verbose position papers>. prolix suggests unreasonable and tedious dwelling on details <habitually transformed brief anecdotes into prolix sagas>. diffuse stresses lack of compactness and pointedness of style <diffuse memoirs that are so many shaggy-dog stories>.

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