- The definition of prosaic is something boring, ordinary or common.
An example of prosaic is shopping for groceries or running errands.
- of or like prose rather than poetry; often, specif., heavy, flat, unimaginative, etc.
- commonplace, dull and ordinary: prosaic details of everyday life
Origin of prosaicLate Latin prosaicus ; from Classical Latin prosa, prose
- a. Consisting or characteristic of prose.b. Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
- Lacking in imagination and spirit; dull.
Origin of prosaicLate Latin prōsaicus, from Latin prōsa, prose; see prose.
(comparative more prosaic, superlative most prosaic)
- Pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose.
- The tenor of Eliot's prosaic work differs greatly from that of his poetry.
- (of writing or speaking) Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
- I was simply making the prosaic point that we are running late.
- (usually of writing or speaking but also figurative) Overly plain or simple, to the point of being boring; humdrum.
- His account of the incident was so prosaic that I nodded off while reading it.
- She lived a prosaic life.
From French prosaïque, from Medieval Latin prosaicus (“in prose”), from Latin prosa (“prose”), from prorsus (“straightforward, in prose”), from Old Latin provorsus (“straight ahead”), from pro- (“forward”) + vorsus (“turned”), from vertō (“to turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, to bend”).