from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who writes prose
  • n. A prosaic person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writer of prose; an unpoetical writer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A writer of prose.
  • n. A prosaic or commonplace person; one destitute of poetic thought or feeling.


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  • Of course Meredith can do it, and so could Shakespeare; but with all my romance, I am a realist and a prosaist, and a most fanatical lover of plain physical sensations plainly and expressly rendered; hence my perils.

    Vailima Letters

  • Now and again some poet or prosaist may have said to another, "What has become of that man Soames?" but I never heard any such question asked.

    Enoch Soames: A Memory of the Eighteen-nineties

  • Now and again some poet or prosaist may have said to another, 'What has become of that man Soames?' but I never heard any such question asked.

    Seven Men

  • We shall therefore rapidly survey its chief developments, noting first what had been done before Elizabeth came to the throne, then taking Ascham (who stands, though part of his work was written earlier, very much as the first Elizabethan prosaist), noticing the schools of historians, translators, controversialists, and especially critics who illustrated the middle period of the reign, and singling out the noteworthy personality of Sidney.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • As a prosaist, Heine is, in one point of view, even more distinguished than as a poet.

    The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete

  • Bacon aside, the condensed force and poignant brevity of whose aphoristic wisdom has no parallel in English, there is no other prosaist who possesses anything like Milton's command over the resources of our language.


  • He actually describes Addison, on the whole, as a 'dull prosaist,' and the patron of pedantry!

    Note Book of an English Opium-Eater

  • I hope you will not visit the very learned Herr Nicolai, the insipid prosaist, the puffed-up rationalist, who believes that his knowledge permits him to penetrate every thing, and who is a veritable ass. "

    Old Fritz and the New Era


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  • Forsooth, fulsome praise, as thou sayest,

    Could go to a clever essayist;

    But prithee bestow it

    On some soaring poet

    And not a mere plodding prosaist.

    July 12, 2016

  • To the painters he was respectful, even humble; but for the poets and prosaists of 'The Yellow Book,' and later of 'The Savoy,' he had never a word but of scorn.

    —Max Beerbohm, 'Enoch Soames'

    August 3, 2009