- Prose is regular written or spoken language that is not poetry.
An example of prose is the writing in Catcher in the Rye.
- the ordinary form of written or spoken language, without rhyme or meter; speech or writing, sometimes, specif., nonfictional writing, that is not poetry
- dull, commonplace talk, expression, quality, etc.
Origin of proseMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin prosa, for prorsa (oratio), direct (speech) ; from prorsus, forward, straight on ; from proversus, past participle of provertere, to turn forward: see pro- and amp; verse
- of or in prose
- dull; unimaginative; commonplace; prosaic
- Ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure.
- Commonplace expression or quality.
- Roman Catholic Church A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel.
intransitive verbprosed prosed, pros·ing, pros·es
- To write prose.
- To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style.
Origin of proseMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin prōsa (ōrātiō), straightforward (discourse), feminine of prōsus, alteration of prōrsus, from prōversus, past participle of prōvertere, to turn forward : prō-, forward; see pro–1 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural proses)
- Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.
- Though known mostly for her prose, she also produced a small body of excellent poems.
- Language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
- (Roman Catholicism) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass.
(third-person singular simple present proses, present participle prosing, simple past and past participle prosed)
Used in English since 1330, from Old French prose, the Latin word prÅsa (â€œstraightforwardâ€) from the term prÅsa ÅrÄtio (â€œa straightforward speech- i.e. without the ornaments of verseâ€). The term prÅsa (â€œstraightforwardâ€) is a colloquial form of prorsa (â€œstraight forwardsâ€) which is the feminine form of prorsus (â€œstraight forwardsâ€), from Old Latin prÅvorsus (â€œmoving straight aheadâ€), from pro- (â€œforwardâ€) + turned, form of vertÅ (â€œI turnâ€). Compare verse.