[ 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.


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Origin of prolix

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prōlixus extended, long, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -lixus, akin to līquī to flow; see liquor


1 prolonged, protracted. See wordy.
1, 2 verbose.

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British Dictionary definitions for prolix

/ (ˈprəʊlɪks, prəʊˈlɪks) /


(of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose
indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded

Derived forms of prolix

prolixity or rare prolixness, nounprolixly, adverb

Word Origin for prolix

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