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Definition of "prolix" [pro•lix]

  • Tediously prolonged; wordy: editing a prolix manuscript. (adjective)
  • Tending to speak or write at excessive length. See Synonyms at wordy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prolix" in a sentence
  • "Thus "the beadle whipped the beggar," in prolix language might be expressed, the beadle with a whip struck in time past the beggar."
  • "As a teacher of college English, I love the way you use the words "prolix" and "occlude"."
  • "Its narrative drags along and itsnarrator's language is leaden and unnecessarily prolix to theextent thatI mostly had to force myself to finish the book."