SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN 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.
pro·sa·i·cal. Origin of prosaic
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-ic Related forms pro·sa·i·cal·ly, adverb pro·sa·ic·ness, noun non·pro·sa·ic, adjective non·pro·sa·ic·ness, noun non·pro·sa·i·cal·ly, adverb un·pro·sa·ic, adjective un·pro·sa·ic·ness, noun un·pro·sa·i·cal, adjective un·pro·sa·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prosaicness adjective lacking imagination having the characteristics of prose Derived Forms prosaically, adverb prosaicness, noun Word Origin for prosaic
C16: from Late Latin
prōsaicus, from Latin prōsa prose
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Word Origin and History for prosaicness adj.
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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