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[proh-liks, proh-liks] /proʊˈlɪks, ˈproʊ lɪks/
extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.
(of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.
Origin of prolix
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prōlixus extended, long, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -lixus, akin to līquī to flow; see liquor
Related forms
[proh-lik-si-tee] /proʊˈlɪk sɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
prolixness, noun
prolixly, adverb
nonprolix, adjective
nonprolixly, adverb
nonprolixness, noun
nonprolixity, noun
overprolix, adjective
overprolixly, adverb
overprolixness, noun
overprolixity, noun
unprolix, adjective
1. prolonged, protracted. See wordy. 1, 2. verbose. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prolixity
Historical Examples
  • You will pardon an old man's prolixity, in consideration for the motives which prompt it.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • But it also causes his lack of depth and the prolixity by which he is characterized.

  • It has not the prolixity which is so common a fault of apocalyptic commentators.

  • Do not fancy from this my prolixity of explanation, that we were so slow in comprehending all these points.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • I fear I am wearying you with the prolixity of my narrative.

    The House

    Eugene Field
  • Pardon the prolixity of my quotation for the sake of its value.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Now if this prolixity is unnecessary for you, another may need it.

  • Therefore I hope to be forgiven if I have tried the patience of my readers by any prolixity.

    Sea Stories Various
  • I am sorry to see you smile—at my prolixity I fear; therefore I will relieve you of it.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • He wrote readily and fully, often beyond the verge of prolixity.

British Dictionary definitions for prolixity


/ˈprəʊlɪks; prəʊˈlɪks/
(of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose
indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded
Derived Forms
prolixity, (rare) prolixness, noun
prolixly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōlixus stretched out widely, from pro-1 + līquī to flow
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Word Origin and History for prolixity

late 14c., from Old French prolixité "verbosity" (13c.), from Latin prolixitatem (nominative prolixitas), from prolixus (see prolix).



early 15c., from Old French prolixe (13c.) and directly from Latin prolixus "extended," literally "poured out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + base of liquere "to flow" (see liquid (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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