Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Matter-of-fact and dry; prosaic.
  • adj. Dull; commonplace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unpoetic (of speech or writing); dull and unimaginative.
  • adj. Behaving in a dull way (of a person); boring, tedious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to prose; like prose.
  • adj. Dull and tedious in discourse or writing; prosaic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like prose; prosaic; hence, dull; tedious; tiresome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking wit or imagination

Etymologies

From prose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From prose +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He is the man who does the heavy business, such as prosy fathers, virtuous servants, curates, landlords, and so forth.

    Sketches by Boz

  • "Do you expect me to say that I found you 'prosy'?"

    Molly Bawn

  • Increasingly, winning manuscripts are coordinated in the form of prosy verse novels--with the same arcs of storytelling familiar from workshop instruction in fiction writing.

    Anis Shivani: Poetry Book Contests Should be Abolished: Why Contests Are the Stupidest Way to Publish First Books

  • Heaven forbid that any "onus" be put on the reader to recognize that fiction isn't just a prosy version of a tv drama, with some written-out bits to supplement the talking.

    Art and Culture

  • His best stories, essays, and poems went begging among them, and yet, each month, he read reams of dull, prosy, inartistic stuff between all their various covers.

    Chapter 28

  • Even the dramatic or ‘prosy’ monologues of Meredith and Browning seemed to bear the weight of a powerful poetic personality; and in late nineteen-and early-twentieth-century English poetry the idea of a sustained ‘tone’ was still central.

    Ackroyd on Eliot

  • They're ideal for gifts, and for converting reluctant prosy types and ebook junkies into strokable paper and fine-printing aficionados.

    Readers recommend their favourite books of 2010

  • Part of what makes this production of "The Tempest" so striking is the contrast between Mr. Schmidt's magical music and the bluff, deliberately prosy acting of Kenneth Albers as Prospero.

    The Warrior's Dilemma

  • After spending the bulk of his 1837 farewell address in prosy denunciations of dissension, nullification, and the “organized money power,” he built up to his climax with a thunderous warning against the “cupidity,” “corruption,” “disappointed ambition,” and “inordinate thirst for power” that menaced the republic from within.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • It does seem to be a bit of a letdown to be writing prosy articles about finances rather than writing the Great American Novel about spaceships or werewolves.

    Archive 2008-10-01

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