extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.
(of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.
- 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
Or perhaps poetic justice demands that the life of an unstoppably prolix author be parceled out in multiple, overlapping volumes.
Glenn Greenwald is raising a stink about this in his usual prolix way, and so on and so on.
Wordplay Bradlee could be prolix or pithy, as suited his ends.Dear Asshole: The Letters of Ben Bradlee From New Biography | Matthew DeLuca | May 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
When they stopped for lack of breath, Master Baptist would ask questions, which usually called forth prolix replies.The Surprises of Life | Georges Clemenceau
It is prolix, and in many parts whimsical; but contains some of the boldest reasonings to be found in print.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
I grant that they deck Nature with somewhat too prolix a grace; but is beauty always best seen in deshabille?Eugene Aram, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Baha's style is rhetorical, verbose, prolix, but with a certain strength.Bahaism and Its Claims | Samuel Graham Wilson
This excuse may serve in lieu of a better for the somewhat prolix method in which these rules are presented.
British Dictionary definitions for prolix
(of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose
indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded
- prolixity or rare prolixness, noun
- prolixly, adverb
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