Definition of prolix in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈliks/
Pronunciation: /ˈprōliks/


(Of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy: he found the narrative too prolix and discursive
More example sentences
  • His argument is rather prolix - more so than my quotation shows.
  • The new work is far more prolix, diffuse, and ultimately self-indulgent.
  • Burns was an accomplished practitioner of quadruple-speak, the prolix art of sounding profound and saying nothing at great length.
long-winded, verbose, wordy, pleonastic, discursive, rambling, long-drawn-out, overlong, lengthy, protracted, interminable
informal windy, waffly



Pronunciation: /prōˈliksədē/
Example sentences
  • He was acutely aware of the problems of prolixity and worked hard to prune his original drafts, but his interest in minute analysis led inevitably to an expansive style.
  • Redundancy of subjects and prolixity of expression accompany the mammoth and tedious labours which otherwise are expounded with extraordinary effort and concentration.
  • The text exhibits a remarkable prolixity, considering that it is only 284 words long.


Pronunciation: /prōˈlikslē/


Late Middle English: from Old French prolixe or Latin prolixus 'poured forth, extended', from pro- 'outward' + liquere 'be liquid'.

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Syllabification: pro·lix

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