Definitions for: Prolix


[adj] tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
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.

With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist.
--Cowper.

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

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.

Synonyms: diffuse, long-winded, pleonastic, redundant, tautologic, tautological, tedious, verbal, verbose, windy, wordy

Antonyms: concise

See Also: voluble

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Famous Quotes Containing Prolix:


The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix in their natural history.

-- Gilbert White (English Scientist)


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