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Tuesday, July 20, 1999

Definitions for prolix

  1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; wordy.
  2. Tending to speak or write at excessive length.

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Citations for prolix
It was a cumbersome book, widely criticized for being prolix in style and maddeningly circular in argument. Simon Winchester, The Atlantic
Montaigne is a little too prolix in his determination to tell us almost everything that happens as he fishes his way across the country, and he gives us a few too many accounts of the people he meets and of their repetitiously gloomy opinions. Adam Hochschild, New York Times
Origin of prolix
late Middle English
Prolix is derived from Latin prolixus, "poured forth, overflowing, extended, long," from pro-, "forward" + liquere, "to be fluid."