Definition of prose in English:

prose

Line breaks: prose
Pronunciation: /prəʊz
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1Written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure: a short story in prose [as modifier]: a prose passage
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] A passage of prose for translation into a foreign language.
1.2Plain or dull writing, discourse, or expression: closely typed in best office prose
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

Back to top  
1 [no object] Talk tediously: he was still prosing away about the advantages of a warm climate
More example sentences
  • 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 in or convert into prose.

Origin

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

Derivatives

proser

noun

Definition of prose in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict