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

Simple Definition of prolix

  • : using too many words

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prolix

  1. 1 :  unduly prolonged or drawn out :  too long

  2. 2 :  marked by or using an excess of words

prolixity play \prō-ˈlik-sə-tē\ noun
prolixly adverb

Examples of prolix in a sentence

  1. The speech was unnecessarily prolix.

  2. <a person known for habitually transforming brief anecdotes into prolix sagas that exhaust their listeners>

Did You Know?

There's no way to talk about prolix without being redundant, verbose, and wordy. That's because the word is a synonym of all of those long-winded terms. Of those words, prolix is the one most likely to suggest unreasonable and tedious dwelling on details. It derives from prolixus, a Latin term meaning "extended" or "copious." Prolixus originated from a combination of the prefix pro- (which means "forward") and the past participle of liquēre, a verb meaning "to be fluid." True to that history, something that is prolix flows on and on.

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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