Definition of prosaic in English:

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Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈzeɪɪk/


1Having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality: prosaic language can’t convey the experience
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  • The methodical and rather prosaic style may not have the literary skill of, say, Abanindranath Tagore's diary.
  • He also performs some prosaic poetry of more recent vintage, before nervously taking to the mic to croon.
  • Many poets seem threatened by the apparently easily appropriated and fungible modes of prose and prosaic rationality.
unimaginative, uninspired, matter-of-fact, dull, dry, humdrum, mundane, pedestrian, heavy, plodding, lifeless, dead, spiritless, lacklustre, undistinguished, stale, jejune, bland, insipid, vapid, vacuous, banal, hackneyed, trite, literal, factual, unpoetic, unemotional, unsentimental, clear, plain, unadorned, unembellished, unvarnished, monotonous, deadpan, flat
1.1Commonplace; unromantic: the masses were too preoccupied by prosaic day-to-day concerns
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  • These, though, are vague considerations for him; his immediate concerns are more prosaic.
  • They're mostly worried about a more prosaic concern, which is whether the game is fun.
  • Though aware of surrounding political, military and social developments, they focused on more prosaic concerns.
ordinary, everyday, usual, common, conventional, straightforward, routine, humdrum, commonplace, run-of-the-mill, workaday, businesslike, pedestrian, tame, mundane, dull, dreary, tedious, boring, ho-hum, uninspiring, monotonous



Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈzeɪɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • ‘I'm pleased with the shut-outs, but at the end of the day, it's more pleasing to win,’ he states prosaically.
  • Damage control, contextualization, historical positioning: This is myth-making - or branding, as we so prosaically call it these days - at its finest.
  • The problem, as we have noted many times, is that these metaphors, which concern that which cannot in any other way be told, are misread prosaically as referring to tangible facts and historical occurrences.


Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈzeɪɪknəs/


Late 16th century (as a noun denoting a prose writer): from late Latin prosaicus, from Latin prosa 'straightforward (discourse)' (see prose). Current senses of the adjective date from the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with prosaic

alcaic, algebraic, Aramaic, archaic, choleraic, Cyrenaic, deltaic, formulaic, Hebraic, Judaic, Mishnaic, Mithraic, mosaic, Pharisaic, Ptolemaic, Romaic, spondaic, stanzaic, trochaic

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Line breaks: pro|sa¦ic

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