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[proh-liks, proh-liks] /proʊˈlɪks, ˈproʊ lɪks/
extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.
(of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.
Origin of prolix
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prōlixus extended, long, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -lixus, akin to līquī to flow; see liquor
Related forms
[proh-lik-si-tee] /proʊˈlɪk sɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
prolixness, noun
prolixly, adverb
nonprolix, adjective
nonprolixly, adverb
nonprolixness, noun
nonprolixity, noun
overprolix, adjective
overprolixly, adverb
overprolixness, noun
overprolixity, noun
unprolix, adjective
1. prolonged, protracted. See wordy. 1, 2. verbose. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prolix
  • Narrative is a part of traditional modern dance, but the storytelling here was unclear and prolix.
  • Kushner's verbal fusillades begin to ring a tad prolix.
  • What might have been a brisk and brazen satire forms into a prolix and slow comedy mystery.
  • The heavies declaim prolix monologues on evil in a godless universe.
  • Though frequently prolix and rhetorical, he is never tedious or irrelevant.
  • None of his prolix argumentation exposes any material fact sufficient to derail the summary judgment train.
British Dictionary definitions for prolix


/ˈprəʊlɪks; prəʊˈlɪks/
(of a speech, book, etc) so long as to be boring; verbose
indulging in prolix speech or writing; long-winded
Derived Forms
prolixity, (rare) prolixness, noun
prolixly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōlixus stretched out widely, from pro-1 + līquī to flow
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Word Origin and History for prolix

early 15c., from Old French prolixe (13c.) and directly from Latin prolixus "extended," literally "poured out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + base of liquere "to flow" (see liquid (adj.)).

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