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prose

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noun \ˈprōz\

Simple Definition of prose

  • : writing that is not poetry : ordinary writing

Full Definition of prose

  1. 1 a :  the ordinary language people use in speaking or writing b :  a literary medium distinguished from poetry especially by its greater irregularity and variety of rhythm and its closer correspondence to the patterns of everyday speech

  2. 2 :  a dull or ordinary style, quality, or condition

Examples of prose

  1. … the esteemed critic James Wood reaches out to assure “the common reader” … that his prose is as free as he can make it of what James Joyce termed “the true scholastic stink” of so much academic writing. —Walter Kirn, New York Times Book Review, 17 Aug. 2008

  2. Like many two-person writing teams, this one produces its share of three-legged prose and redundancy. —James McManus, New York Times Book Review, 15 Apr. 2001

  3. In my own work I felt a need to hurry from climax as in film montage, or even in Joycean prose with its strings of firecracker words … —Arthur Miller, Timebends, 1987

  4. She writes in very clear prose.



Origin of prose

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prosa, from feminine of prorsus, prosus, straightforward, being in prose, contraction of proversus, past participle of provertere to turn forward, from pro- forward + vertere to turn — more at pro-, worth


First Known Use: 14th century

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prose

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adjective \ˈprōz\

Definition of prose

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or written in prose

  2. 2 :  prosaic



Origin of prose

(see 1prose)


First Known Use: 14th century


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prose

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verb \ˈprōz\

Definition of prose

prosedpros·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to write prose

  3. 2 :  to write or speak in a dull or ordinary manner



Examples of prose

  1. ‘In the meantime,’ said Traddles, coming back to his chair; ‘and this is the end of my prosing about myself, I get on as well as I can. I don't make much, but I don't spend much…’ —Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1850



Origin of prose

(see 1prose)


First Known Use: 1642


PROSE Defined for Kids

prose

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noun \ˈprōz\

Definition of prose

  1. 1 :  the ordinary language that people use in speaking or writing

  2. 2 :  writing without the repeating rhythm that is used in poetry




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