[ proh-liks, proh-liks ]
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  1. extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.

  2. (of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.

Origin of prolix

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin prōlixus “extended, long,” equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -lixus, akin to līquī “to flow”; see liquor

synonym study For prolix

1. See wordy.

Other words for prolix

Other words from prolix

  • pro·lix·i·ty [proh-lik-si-tee], /proʊˈlɪk sɪ ti/, pro·lix·ness, noun
  • pro·lix·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·pro·lix, adjective

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How to use prolix in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prolix


/ (ˈprəʊlɪks, prəʊˈlɪks) /

  1. (of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose

  2. indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded

Origin of prolix

C15: from Latin prōlixus stretched out widely, from pro- 1 + līquī to flow

Derived forms of prolix

  • prolixity or rare prolixness, noun
  • prolixly, adverb

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