- extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.
- (of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.
Origin of prolix
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1. prolonged, protracted. See wordy. 1, 2. verbose.
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Related Wordsdiffusion, rhetoric, redundancy, garrulity, copiousness, verbosity, circumlocution, diffuseness, verboseness, verbiage, loquacity, pleonasm, repetition, logorrhea, tautology, loquaciousness, redundance, wordage
Examples from the Web for prolixity
You will pardon an old man's prolixity, in consideration for the motives which prompt it.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
But it also causes his lack of depth and the prolixity by which he is characterized.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
It has not the prolixity which is so common a fault of apocalyptic commentators.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
Do not fancy from this my prolixity of explanation, that we were so slow in comprehending all these points.The War Trail
I fear I am wearying you with the prolixity of my narrative.The House
- (of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose
- indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded
C15: from Latin prōlixus stretched out widely, from pro- 1 + līquī to flow
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Word Origin and History for prolixity
late 14c., from Old French prolixité "verbosity" (13c.), from Latin prolixitatem (nominative prolixitas), from prolixus (see prolix).
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