Definition of prosy in English:

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prosy

Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊzi/

adjective (prosier, prosiest)

(Especially of speech or writing) showing no imagination; commonplace or dull: he junked most of the prosy script his handlers had written for him
More example sentences
  • Her character portraits are cold and bloodless, the larger vision is prosy and constipated, and her self-conscious literary tone has the musty odor of a vanity-press poetry journal.
  • Even so, better - perhaps - the fake-Scots of this bad-tempered poet's youth than the prosy dreariness of his maturity.
  • With publication, anecdotes became more polished, the characters less distinctive and stereotypical, the prevailing tone patronising and prosy.

Derivatives

prosily

Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊzɪli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • But some actors declaim it with that incipient sob that used to be the sine qua non of the grand style, while others trundle along prosily.

prosiness

Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊzɪnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • And while language and the power of speech are the most consistent themes, the execution of the poems themselves - or at least of their translations - tends toward mere prosiness.
  • While many of his contemporaries took poetry toward prosiness, he cultivated what turned out to be a dazzling talent for rhyme.

Words that rhyme with prosy

cosy (US cozy), dozy, Josie, mafiosi, mosey, nosy, posey, posy, Rosie, rosy

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