Adjective "prolix" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy.
  1. 'Burns was an accomplished practitioner of quadruple-speak, the prolix art of sounding profound and saying nothing at great length.'
  2. 'Wellford's first handbill, too prolix to be squeezed into a newspaper advertisement, appeared in 1801.'
  3. 'The new work is far more prolix, diffuse, and ultimately self-indulgent.'
  4. 'His prolix, impassioned essay argued that Catholicism was one of Italy's contributions to European civilization and that Italy would contribute yet more once renewed in a federation led by a liberal papacy.'
  5. 'The respondent's cross-examinations of the applicant's witnesses were somewhat prolix.'
  6. 'While JB's letter was heated and bare-knuckled, it landed many accurate punches, while your prolix retort was sadly disappointing.'
  7. 'While much about that prolix and sloppily drafted document is unclear it would certainly constitute a further step towards the creation of a European federation.'
  8. 'She never particularly cared for them, finding the first too rigid and artificial, the second too prolix and maudlin.'
  9. 'The authors make a compelling case that the billable hours it takes American lawyers to write up prolix contracts often cost Americans more in fees than it would cost to go to court to resolve an ambiguity.'
  10. 'His argument is rather prolix - more so than my quotation shows.'


1. extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.

2. (of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.

More examples(as adjective)

"scholarships can be prolix."

"performances can be prolix."

"languages can be prolix."

"filmmakers can be prolix."

"contemporaries can be prolix."

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Late Middle English: from Old French prolixe or Latin prolixus ‘poured forth, extended’, from pro- ‘outward’ + liquere ‘be liquid’.