Definition of prolix in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊlɪks/
Pronunciation: /prəˈlɪks/


(Of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy: he found the narrative too prolix and discursive
More example sentences
  • His argument is rather prolix - more so than my quotation shows.
  • The new work is far more prolix, diffuse, and ultimately self-indulgent.
  • Burns was an accomplished practitioner of quadruple-speak, the prolix art of sounding profound and saying nothing at great length.
lengthy, long-winded, long-drawn-out, overlong, prolonged, protracted, interminable, laborious, ponderous, endless, unending, verbose, wordy, full of verbiage, verbal, diffuse, discursive, digressive, rambling, wandering, circuitous, meandering, maundering, periphrastic, circumlocutory
informal windy



Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈlɪksɪti/
Example sentences
  • He was acutely aware of the problems of prolixity and worked hard to prune his original drafts, but his interest in minute analysis led inevitably to an expansive style.
  • Redundancy of subjects and prolixity of expression accompany the mammoth and tedious labours which otherwise are expounded with extraordinary effort and concentration.
  • The text exhibits a remarkable prolixity, considering that it is only 284 words long.


Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊlɪksli/


Late Middle English: from Old French prolixe or Latin prolixus 'poured forth, extended', from pro- 'outward' + liquere 'be liquid'.

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