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Webster 1913 Edition


Prolix

Pro-lix′

(?; 277)
,
Adj.
[L.
prolixus
extended, long, prolix, probably fr.
pro
before, forward +
liqui
to flow, akin to
liquidus
liquid; cf. OL.
lixa
water: cf. F.
prolixe
. See
Liquid
.]
1.
Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; minute in narration or argument; excessively particular in detail; – rarely used except with reference to discourse written or spoken;
as, a
prolix
oration; a
prolix
poem; a
prolix
sermon.
With wig
prolix
, down flowing to his waist.
Cowper.
2.
Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; – applied to a speaker or writer.
Syn. – Long; diffuse; prolonged; protracted; tedious; tiresome; wearisome.
Prolix
,
Diffuse
. A prolix writer delights in circumlocution, extended detail, and trifling particulars. A diffuse writer is fond of amplifying, and abounds in epithets, figures, and illustrations. Diffuseness often arises from an exuberance of imagination; prolixity is generally connected with a want of it.

Webster 1828 Edition


Prolix

PROLIX

,
Adj.
[L. prolixus; pro and laxus, literally drawn out.]
1.
Long; extended to a great length; minute in narration or argument; applied only to discourses, speeches and writings; as a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix sermon.
2.
Of long duration. [Not in use.]

Definition 2023


prolix

prolix

English

Adjective

prolix (comparative more prolix, superlative most prolix)

  1. Tediously lengthy.
    • 1843, G. C. Leonardo Sismondi., “Bossi—Necrologia”, in The Quarterly Review, volume 72, number 144, page 333:
      People who have blamed [Jean Charles Léonard de] Sismondi as unnecessarily prolix cannot have considered the crowd of details presented by the history of Italy.

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Etymology

From Latin prōlixus (courteous, favorable).

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /pɾuˈliks/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /pɾuˈliks/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /pɾoˈliks/
  • Rhymes: -iks
  • Homophone: prolixs

Adjective

prolix m (feminine prolixa, masculine plural prolixos, feminine plural prolixes)

  1. prolix