Definition of prose in English:


Syllabification: prose
Pronunciation: /prōz


1Written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure: a short story in prose [as modifier]: a prose passage
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  • He points to the clear, simple prose of Ernest Hemingway and Samuel Beckett as examples of brilliant writing that is not bewildering for its complexity.
  • So I think people who are trying to help students genuinely write better English prose are doing a noble service.
  • To say that a man cannot write clear prose is not necessarily to blame him.
1.1Plain or dull writing, discourse, or expression: medical and scientific prose
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  • This morning I read it, and it is a lump of leaden prose, ungainly and unattractive, like a plain fat spotty teenager at her prom, dressed like a Christmas cake.


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1 [no object] Talk tediously: prosing on about female beauty
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  • He was prosing on again about rigging candidate selection, to the benefit of women and ethnic minorities.
  • One lesson prosed that the apostle Paul survived the ship wreck at Malta because he had ‘eaten carrots and was strong.’
  • ‘We were merely prosing about old times.’
2 [with object] dated Compose or convert into prose.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin prosa (oratio) 'straightforward (discourse)', feminine of prosus, earlier prorsus 'direct'.




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