- (Of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy: he found the narrative too prolix and discursiveMore 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.
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- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French prolixe or Latin prolixus 'poured forth, extended', from pro- 'outward' + liquere 'be liquid'.