from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being prosy; tediousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being prosy; tediousness; tiresomeness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being prosy.

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

  • n. commonplaceness as a consequence of being humdrum and not exciting


prosy +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • She repeats the word “wallpaper” twice in two lines of a poem—an unheard-of prosiness.


  • The prosiness of the originators detracted nothing from the bravery of the movement.

    Les Miserables

  • In his walk he strutted; and, in this respect, he bore a faint resemblance to the pigeon, as well as in a certain prosiness of speech, which might, in its monotony, be likened to the cooing of that bird.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • Since I could read none of them, I was spared their deadly prosiness.

    Banquets of the Black Widowers

  • His prosiness felt to him as if he had spat on consecrated earth.

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

  • In point of fact, with the passage of the days not only Gibreel, but everything which had befallen Saladin of late that was irreconcilable with the prosiness of everyday life came to seem somehow irrelevant, as even the most stubborn of nightmares will once you've splashed your face, brushed your teeth and had a strong, hot drink.

    The Satanic Verses

  • Boy, 'and' Peter Bell, 'and great masses of hopeless prosiness in his long blank-verse narratives.

    A History of English Literature

  • I am an old man now, and you must forgive an old man's prosiness; but a little sadness comes into my thoughts when I muse on the past.

    Marie Gourdon A Romance of the Lower St. Lawrence

  • His facts and speculations will thus interest a large and valuable class of readers, while to some few of another class a certain suspicion of prosiness will be distasteful.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859

  • To the teachers the list meant only the last young folks added to a backreaching line of girls and boys who for years and years had been coming to "Commencement" with "credits" few or many, large expectant eyes fixed on the future, and highly uncertain habits of behaviour; but, to the twenty-odd, such dead prosiness about themselves would have been inconceivable even in teachers.



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