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Meaning of PROLIX

Pronunciation:  'prowliks

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"

PROLIX is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: diffuse, long-winded, pleonastic, redundant, tautologic, tautological, tedious, verbal, verbose, windy, wordy
 Antonyms: concise
 See Also: voluble



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pro*lix"\ (?; 277), a. [L. prolixus extended, long,
prolix, probably fr. pro before, forward + liqui to flow,
akin to liquidus liquid; cf. OL. lixa water: cf. F. prolixe.
See {Liquid}.]
1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; minute in
   narration or argument; excessively particular in detail;
   -- rarely used except with reference to discourse written
   or spoken; as, a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix

         With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist.

2. Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; --
   applied to a speaker or writer.

Syn: Long; diffuse; prolonged; protracted; tedious; tiresome;

Usage: {Prolix}, {Diffuse}. A prolix writer delights in
       circumlocution, extended detail, and trifling
       particulars. A diffuse writer is fond of amplifying,
       and abounds in epithets, figures, and illustrations.
       Diffuseness often arises from an exuberance of
       imagination; prolixity is generally connected with a
       want of it.