Definition of prolix in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprōliks//prōˈliks/


  • (of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy.

    ‘he found the narrative too prolix and discursive’
    • ‘His argument is rather prolix - more so than my quotation shows.’
    • ‘The new work is far more prolix, diffuse, and ultimately self-indulgent.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the book is an interesting and instructive roundup of the problems that beset human societies, but it doesn't probe deeply enough, and in addition it is rather prolix.’
    • ‘While JB's letter was heated and bare-knuckled, it landed many accurate punches, while your prolix retort was sadly disappointing.’
    • ‘In sharp contrast to the autobiography, it tends to be prolix and muddled with excessive detail, and it often reads like a jumbled mix of fantastic stories.’
    • ‘Burns was an accomplished practitioner of quadruple-speak, the prolix art of sounding profound and saying nothing at great length.’
    • ‘In any ease, my colleagues writing in the same field, whether terse or prolix, are incredibly difficult.’
    • ‘A punctilious listing of every detail produces prose that is prolix.’
    • ‘The respondent's cross-examinations of the applicant's witnesses were somewhat prolix.’
    • ‘She never particularly cared for them, finding the first too rigid and artificial, the second too prolix and maudlin.’
    • ‘The authors make a compelling case that the billable hours it takes American lawyers to write up prolix contracts often cost Americans more in fees than it would cost to go to court to resolve an ambiguity.’
    • ‘First, he indicated, and I now readily understand why, that the case put before him appeared to be ‘unduly prolix and the documents unnecessarily voluminous’.’
    • ‘We both view computers with ambivalence (too easy to become prolix but a blessing when fixing bad paragraphs) and read too fast.’
    • ‘His prolix, impassioned essay argued that Catholicism was one of Italy's contributions to European civilization and that Italy would contribute yet more once renewed in a federation led by a liberal papacy.’
    • ‘While much about that prolix and sloppily drafted document is unclear it would certainly constitute a further step towards the creation of a European federation.’
    • ‘They tend to be prolix and very difficult to understand.’
    • ‘In the end, prolix though he may be, he convinces you that he is indeed one of the greatest living explorers of the inner self, and of the destinies that fiction offers.’
    • ‘They take the form more of an unbelievably prolix official diary.’
    • ‘Wellford's first handbill, too prolix to be squeezed into a newspaper advertisement, appeared in 1801.’
    lengthy, long-winded, long-drawn-out, overlong, prolonged, protracted, interminable, laborious, ponderous, endless, unending, verbose, wordy, full of verbiage, verbal, diffuse, discursive, digressive, rambling, wandering, circuitous, meandering, maundering, periphrastic, circumlocutory
    ambagious, pleonastic, circumlocutionary, logorrhoeic
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Late Middle English: from Old French prolixe or Latin prolixus poured forth, extended from pro- outward + liquere be liquid.