prosaic

[ proh-zey-ik ]
/ proʊˈzeɪ ɪk /

adjective

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.

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Origin of prosaic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prosaic

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Example sentences from the Web for prosaic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for prosaic

prosaic
/ (prəʊˈzeɪɪk) /

adjective

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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