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(especially of speech or writing) showing no imagination; commonplace or dull:‘he junked most of the prosy script his handlers had written for him’
literal-minded, down-to-earth, factual, matter-of-fact, no-nonsense, unsentimental, level-headed, hard-headedView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘And yet if it's inevitable that the Biennial ‘has something wrong with it’ - and we would be strangely disappointed if it did not - the exhibition regularly displays certain prosy virtues.’
- ‘Here was a master who was writing poems that appealed to the ear, with a dense, concentrated music quite unlike the slack, loose, prosy style of many American poets at the time.’
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