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

Origin of prosaic

First recorded in 1650–60, prosaic is from the Late Latin word prōsaicus. See prose, -ic
Related formspro·sa·i·cal·ly, adverbpro·sa·ic·ness, nounnon·pro·sa·ic, adjectivenon·pro·sa·ic·ness, nounnon·pro·sa·i·cal·ly, adverbun·pro·sa·ic, adjectiveun·pro·sa·ic·ness, nounun·pro·sa·i·cal, adjectiveun·pro·sa·i·cal·ly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for prosaically

Historical Examples

  • Prosaically, a bulldozer lowered its wide blade some fifty yards from the ship.

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    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for prosaically


  1. lacking imagination
  2. having the characteristics of prose
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Derived Formsprosaically, adverbprosaicness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin prōsaicus, from Latin prōsa prose
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Word Origin and History for prosaically



1650s, "having to do with prose," from Middle French prosaique and directly from Medieval Latin prosaicus "in prose" (16c.), from Latin prosa "prose" (see prose). Meaning "having the character of prose (in contrast to the feeling of poetry)" is by 1746; extended sense of "ordinary" is by 1813, both from French.

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