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[proh-zey-ik] /proʊˈzeɪ ɪk/
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative:
a prosaic mind.
of or having the character or form of prose, the ordinary form of spoken or written language, rather than of poetry.
Origin of prosaic
1650-60; Late Latin prōsaicus. See prose, -ic
Related forms
prosaically, adverb
prosaicness, noun
nonprosaic, adjective
nonprosaicness, noun
nonprosaically, adverb
unprosaic, adjective
unprosaicness, noun
unprosaical, adjective
unprosaically, adverb
1. ordinary, everyday; vapid, humdrum, tedious, tiresome, uninteresting. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prosaic
  • The musical language turns prosaic, clichéd, pseudo-Romantic.
  • Yet however prosaic the efforts of the two leaders, politics is not merely settling into predictable patterns after the riots.
  • If all of this seems too outlandish, there is a more prosaic way of obtaining negative interest rates: through inflation.
  • Whether the prosaic chancellor shares these ambitions is unclear.
  • There were more prosaic but no less difficult hurdles given the compressed shoot.
  • The comic catch is that this wild dream is essentially so prosaic.
  • Marital estrangement is measured not in agony-and-ecstasy emotions, but in prosaic daily deprivations.
  • It is the result of more-prosaic interventions, from sturdier seats to more carefully placed emergency lights.
  • Let me say to you in advance that these provisions may sound prosaic, a not uncommon characteristic of regulatory writing.
  • Unfortunately much of the work done of late is prosaic albeit important.
British Dictionary definitions for prosaic


lacking imagination
having the characteristics of prose
Derived Forms
prosaically, adverb
prosaicness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin prōsaicus, from Latin prōsaprose
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Word Origin and History for prosaic

1650s, "having to do with prose," from Middle French prosaique and directly from Medieval Latin prosaicus "in prose" (16c.), from Latin prosa "prose" (see prose). Meaning "having the character of prose (in contrast to the feeling of poetry)" is by 1746; extended sense of "ordinary" is by 1813, both from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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