American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used as a toast to someone's health while drinking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Good luck to you: a salutation used in drinking healths and otherwise among Germans and Scandinavians, especially among university students.
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. Lit., may it do (you) good; -- a salutation used in well wishing, esp. among Germans, as in drinking healths; -- also used in the contracted form
- German, from Latin prōsit, may it benefit, third person sing. subjunctive of prōdesse, to benefit; see proud. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sed nihil erucae faciunt bulbique salaces; Improba nec prosit jam satureia tibi.”
“Kittinger is one of the unsung pioneers of the space age; prosit!”
“Didn't any fellow shake you by the hand even, and say: _Prosit! prosit!! prosit!!! _”
“Istum [libellum] tibi et fratri, ut prosit, quod collegi festinans,”
“Yes, prosit, thou art not likely to get it before December!”
“Et sicut oportet cibum in nosmetipsos edendo recipere, ut operetur in nobis, suamque in nobis efficaciam exserat, cum extra nos positus nihil nobis prosit: ita necesse est, nos fide”
“Quid prosit ista tua longa peregrinatio, etc. Travelling, you know, is a vanity.”
“Hoc nempe ab homine exigiture, ut prosit hominibus; si fieri potest, multis; si minus, paucis; si minus, proximis, si minus, sibi: nam cum se utilem caeteris efficit, commune agit negotium.”
“Nihil potest ad malos pervenire quod prosit, imo nihil quod non noceat -- No event can occur to the wicked which will do them good, rather no event which will not do them harm.”
“And pig knuckles (shank of ham) also accompany beer (real and pretend) during rousing "Ein prosit" toasts.”
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