verb (used with object), prosed, pros·ing.
verb (used without object), prosed, pros·ing.
Origin of prose
Examples from the Web for prose
Prose has created an entire world populated with characters that jump off the page.French Lesbian Auto-Racer Turns Nazi Spy: Francine Prose’s Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932|Jessica Ferri|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Washington, DC, just a few blocks from Politics and Prose bookstore.
Prose accordingly prepared to descend, and was recommended by the interpreter to slide down by the hind leg of the animal.The King's Own|Captain Frederick Marryat
Each number will consist of such originals in Prose and Verse as we hope will prove agreeable to our readers.Rowlandson's Oxford|A. Hamilton Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for prose
Word Origin for prose
Word Origin and History for prose
c.1300, "story, narration," from Old French prose (13c.), from Latin prosa oratio "straightforward or direct speech" (without the ornaments of verse), from prosa, fem. of prosus, earlier prorsus "straightforward, direct," from Old Latin provorsus "(moving) straight ahead," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + vorsus "turned," past participle of vertere "to turn" (see verse).
"Good prose, to say nothing of the original thoughts it conveys, may be infinitely varied in modulation. It is only an extension of metres, an amplification of harmonies, of which even the best and most varied poetry admits but few." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]
Meaning "prose writing; non-poetry" is from mid-14c. The sense of "dull or commonplace expression" is from 1680s, out of earlier sense "plain expression" (1560s). Those who lament the want of an English agent noun to correspond to poet might try prosaist (1776), proser (1620s), or Frenchified prosateur (1880), though the first two in their day also acquired in English the secondary sense "dull writer."