Definition of prone in English:

Share this entry

prone

Pronunciation: /prōn/

adjective

1 [predicative] (prone to/prone to do something) Likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome: years of logging had left the mountains prone to mudslides he is prone to jump to conclusions
More example sentences
  • Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.
  • Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.
  • Passive smoking affects non-smokers and makes them more prone to respiratory infections.
Synonyms
susceptible, vulnerable, subject, open, liable, given, predisposed, likely, disposed, inclined, apt;
at risk of
2Lying flat, especially face downward: I was lying prone on a foam mattress a prone position
More example sentences
  • You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.
  • I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.
  • Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.
Synonyms
(lying) face down, face downward, on one's stomach/front;
lying flat/down, horizontal, prostrate
2.1 technical Denoting the position of the forearm with the palm of the hand facing downward.
3 archaic With a downward slope or direction.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin pronus 'leaning forward', from pro 'forward'.

Words that rhyme with prone

alone, atone, Beaune, bemoan, blown, bone, Capone, clone, Cohn, Cologne, condone, cone, co-own, crone, drone, enthrone, flown, foreknown, foreshown, groan, grown, half-tone, home-grown, hone, Joan, known, leone, loan, lone, mephedrone, moan, Mon, mown, ochone, outflown, outgrown, own, phone, pone, Rhône, roan, rone, sewn, shown, Simone, Sloane, Soane, sone, sown, stone, strown, throne, thrown, tone, trombone, Tyrone, unbeknown, undersown, windblown, zone

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: prone

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.