- commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.
- of or having the character or form of prose, the ordinary form of spoken or written language, rather than of poetry.
Origin of prosaic
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Examples from the Web for prosaic
Prosaic people would say "melted snow water," but Hans Andersen would have known better than that.The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere
Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
Prosaic needles and thread assumed a mysterious charm in the dimpled hands of the girl he loved.The Shadow of Victory
In Prosaic Misunderstandings he makes us realise precisely what we mean by religion.Why we should read
S. P. B. Mais
Prosaic cow-punching was relegated to the rear and they looked eagerly forward to their several missions.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up
Clarence Edward Mulford
Prosaic critics point out that such bowers were used as isolation huts for suspected cases.Bonnie Scotland
A.R. Hope Moncrieff
- lacking imagination
- having the characteristics of prose
Word Origin and History for prosaic
1650s, "having to do with prose," from Middle French prosaique and directly from Medieval Latin prosaicus "in prose" (16c.), from Latin prosa "prose" (see prose). Meaning "having the character of prose (in contrast to the feeling of poetry)" is by 1746; extended sense of "ordinary" is by 1813, both from French.