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adjective, pros·i·er, pros·i·est.
  1. of the nature of or resembling prose.
  2. prosaic; dull, tedious, wearisome, or commonplace.
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Origin of prosy

First recorded in 1805–15; prose + -y1
Related formspros·i·ly, adverbpros·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of prosiness

  • Prosiness is one of your weak points when left to your own promptings.

    The Island Queen

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for prosiness


adjective prosier or prosiest
  1. of the nature of or similar to prose
  2. dull, tedious, or long-winded
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Derived Formsprosily, adverbprosiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prosiness


1814, from prosy + -ness.

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1814 (Jane Austen), from prose + -y (2). Related: Prosiness.

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