prolix

adjective pro·lix \ prō-ˈliks , ˈprō-(ˌ)liks \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prolix

1 : unduly prolonged or drawn out : too long
2 : marked by or using an excess of words

prolixity

play \prō-ˈlik-sə-tē\ noun

prolixly

adverb

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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

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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 and Etymology 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

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

PROLIX Defined for English Language Learners

prolix

adjective

Definition of prolix for English Language Learners

  • : using too many words



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