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  • adj. dilatory; tedious; superfluous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dilatory; tedious; superfluous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dilatory; intended to delay or put off; causing delay; prolix.
  • Elastic; easily stretched; apt to yield.


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  • The beginning of this reaction is visible as early as 1589 in the words of Warner's preface to _Albion's England_, which display the very affectation they protest against: "onely this error may be thought hatching in our English, that to runne on the letter we often runne from the matter: and being over prodigall in similes we become lesse profitable in sentences and more prolixious to sense."

    John Lyly

  • At night he went into the garden to pray, and he prayed prolixious, he spent much time in prayer, how much?

    Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions Together with Death's Duel


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  • I found this word in "Measure for Measure" in the footnotes it says the definition is time-wasting

    February 22, 2007