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prosy

[proh-zee]
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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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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for prosy

Historical Examples

  • In all probability, too, Hans was then about two years old, and "Prosy" a year or two older.

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    Beatrice Fortescue

  • Fancy Prosy being in love with anybody, or anybody being in love with Prosy!

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    William de Morgan

  • Prosy showed tact—I must say that for Prosy—distinctly tact.

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    William de Morgan

  • No, Prosy dear, I shall call you Prosy, whatever the consequences may be.

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    William de Morgan

  • Sally was reserved about details, but clear about the outcome of her expedition with Prosy.

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British Dictionary definitions for prosy

prosy

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 prosy

adj.

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

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