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prosy

[proh-zee] /ˈproʊ zi/
adjective, prosier, prosiest.
1.
of the nature of or resembling prose.
2.
prosaic; dull, tedious, wearisome, or commonplace.
Origin of prosy
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; prose + -y1
Related forms
prosily, adverb
prosiness, noun
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  • In all probability, too, Hans was then about two years old, and "prosy" a year or two older.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • Fancy prosy being in love with anybody, or anybody being in love with prosy!

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • prosy showed tact—I must say that for prosy—distinctly tact.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • No, prosy dear, I shall call you prosy, whatever the consequences may be.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Sally was reserved about details, but clear about the outcome of her expedition with prosy.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • She would get prosy by himself, and make him tell her all about it.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • She got implicated in the friend's last dying splash, while prosy got nearly scot-free.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Sir Dioscorides Gayler's a cousin of his, you know, and would pass on his practice to prosy on easy terms.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The girls call her”—she seemed moved to mirth by the recollection—“Miss Prim and prosy.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • prosy people were always coming in with requests or complaints, usually the latter.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for prosy

prosy

/ˈprəʊzɪ/
adjective prosier, prosiest
1.
of the nature of or similar to prose
2.
dull, tedious, or long-winded
Derived Forms
prosily, adverb
prosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prosy
adj.

1814 (Jane Austen), from prose + -y (2). Related: Prosiness.

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