Prolix
Prolix Pro*lix" (?; 277), a. [L. prolixus extended, long, prolix, probably fr. pro before, forward + liqui to flow, akin to liquidus liquid; cf. OL. lixa water: cf. F. prolixe. See {Liquid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; minute in narration or argument; excessively particular in detail; -- rarely used except with reference to discourse written or spoken; as, a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix sermon. [1913 Webster]

With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; -- applied to a speaker or writer. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Long; diffuse; prolonged; protracted; tedious; tiresome; wearisome.

Usage: {Prolix}, {Diffuse}. A prolix writer delights in circumlocution, extended detail, and trifling particulars. A diffuse writer is fond of amplifying, and abounds in epithets, figures, and illustrations. Diffuseness often arises from an exuberance of imagination; prolixity is generally connected with a want of it. [1913 Webster]


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  • prolix — *wordy, verbose, diffuse, redundant Analogous words: tedious, irksome, tiresome, wearisome: prolonged, protracted (see EXTEND): pleonastic, circumlocutory, redundant, tautological (see corresponding nouns at VERBIAGE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prolix — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of speech or writing) tediously lengthy. DERIVATIVES prolixity noun prolixly adverb. ORIGIN Latin prolixus poured forth, extended …   English terms dictionary

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  • prolix — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French prolix, from Latin prolixus extended, from pro forward + liquēre to be fluid more at liquid Date: 15th century 1. unduly prolonged or drawn out ; too long 2. marked by… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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