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[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.
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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
Related formspro·lix·i·ty [proh-lik-si-tee] /proʊˈlɪk sɪ ti/, pro·lix·ness, nounpro·lix·ly, adverbnon·pro·lix, adjectivenon·pro·lix·ly, adverbnon·pro·lix·ness, nounnon·pro·lix·i·ty, nouno·ver·pro·lix, adjectiveo·ver·pro·lix·ly, adverbo·ver·pro·lix·ness, nouno·ver·pro·lix·i·ty, nounun·pro·lix, adjective


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1. prolonged, protracted. See wordy. 1, 2. verbose.
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diffuse, lengthy, rambling, tedious, verbose, windy, redundant, tiresome, wearisome, wordy, protracted

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British Dictionary definitions for prolix


  1. (of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose
  2. indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded
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Derived Formsprolixity or rare prolixness, nounprolixly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin prōlixus stretched out widely, from pro- 1 + līquī to flow
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Word Origin and History for prolix


early 15c., from Old French prolixe (13c.) and directly from Latin prolixus "extended," literally "poured out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + base of liquere "to flow" (see liquid (adj.)).

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