[ proh-zey-ik ]
/ proʊˈzeɪ ɪk /


commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.
of or having the character or form of prose, the ordinary form of spoken or written language, rather than of poetry.
Sometimes pro·sa·i·cal.

Origin of prosaic

First recorded in 1650–60, prosaic is from the Late Latin word prōsaicus. See prose, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for prosaic

/ (prəʊˈzeɪɪk) /


lacking imagination
having the characteristics of prose

Derived forms of prosaic

prosaically, adverbprosaicness, noun

Word Origin for prosaic

C16: from Late Latin prōsaicus, from Latin prōsa prose
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