1 not fanciful or imaginative; "local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"; "a prosaic and unimaginative essay" [syn: matter-of-fact]
3 not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; "an unglamorous job greasing engines" [syn: commonplace, humdrum, unglamorous, unglamourous]
EtymologyFrom French prosaïque < prosaicus ('in prose') < Latin prosa ('prose') < prorsus ('straightforward', 'in prose') < provorsus ('straight ahead') < pro- ('forward') + vorsus ('turned') < vertere ('to turn') < base *wer- ('to turn', 'to bend').
- Pertaining to or having the characteristics of
- The tenor of Eliot's prosaic work differs greatly from that of his poetry.
- In the context of "of writing or speaking": Straightforward;
lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
- I was simply making the prosaic point that we are running late.
- In the context of "usually of writing or speaking but also
figurative": Overly plain or simple, to the point of being
- His account of the incident was so prosaic that I nodded off
while reading it.
- She lived a prosaic life.
- His account of the incident was so prosaic that I nodded off while reading it.
pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose
- German: prosaisch
straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry
overly plain or simple, to the point of being boring; humdrum
- German: prosaisch
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