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[proh-zee] /ˈproʊ zi/
adjective, prosier, prosiest.
of the nature of or resembling prose.
prosaic; dull, tedious, wearisome, or commonplace.
Origin of prosy
First recorded in 1805-15; prose + -y1
Related forms
prosily, adverb
prosiness, noun Unabridged
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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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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