Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.‘a short story in prose’[as modifier] ‘a prose passage’
- ‘The novel's lyrical prose and descriptions are its strong points.’
- ‘This is where the prose poem can develop as a major form.’
- ‘To say that a man cannot write clear prose is not necessarily to blame him.’
- ‘I chose prose narrative fiction as the crucial focus of comparison and confrontation among cultures of the world.’
- ‘His lifelong concern with the South also pervades most of his non-fiction prose works.’
- ‘In a field that is often obscure, he was a master of lucid prose.’
- ‘Beautifully written in lyrical prose, it includes some wonderful turns of phrase.’
- ‘The author's prose is clear and his image of Zimbabwe is accessible and understandable, if perhaps oversimplified.’
- ‘The book is plagued by turgid prose, facile observations, and far-fetched inferences from limited evidence.’
- ‘All infused new life and elegance into Urdu prose.’
- ‘Strive for lively prose, leaning on strong verbs and sharp nouns.’
- ‘In all his writings the fruits of observation and reflection were exhibited in lucid prose.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But Nabokov's beauty is to be found in his stunningly original poetic prose.’
- ‘So I think people who are trying to help students genuinely write better English prose are doing a noble service.’
- ‘In order to obtain formal grace, prose writers had to lessen their ambitions.’
- ‘The author's prose throughout the work is little short of flawless.’
- ‘His approach allowed me to see that not all food writing has to be flowery prose.’
- ‘The author is no great prose stylist but the writing is competent and fluent.’
- ‘And these were many, written in his much admired and inimitable prose style.’
- 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’
- ‘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.’
2another term for sequence
1[no object] Talk tediously.‘he was still prosing away about the advantages of a warm climate’
- ‘One lesson prosed that the apostle Paul survived the ship wreck at Malta because he had ‘eaten carrots and was strong.’’
- ‘He was prosing on again about rigging candidate selection, to the benefit of women and ethnic minorities.’
- ‘‘We were merely prosing about old times.’’
2dated [with object] Compose in or convert into prose.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin prosa (oratio) straightforward (discourse), feminine of prosus, earlier prorsus direct.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.