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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 prolixity
  • And all that prolixity reaches new heights as the town delves into the electoral process.
  • Good, balanced coverage,admirably free of prolixity and bombast.
  • prolixity is risky: a writer can take relish in perhaps more physical detail than is required.
  • He has recorded those events with fullness, but without prolixity.
  • And surely prolixity isn't too great a temptation when there's so little time and only two pages to fill.
  • Suddenly, the finesse, the astuteness behind the gaze that does not really gaze is lost in a sea of fatuous prolixity.
  • It is essential that undue delay, or redundancy, or prolixity of evidence be avoided.
British Dictionary definitions for prolixity


/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 prolixity

late 14c., from Old French prolixité "verbosity" (13c.), from Latin prolixitatem (nominative prolixitas), from prolixus (see 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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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