Prosaic Definition

Of or like prose rather than poetry; often, specif., heavy, flat, unimaginative, etc.
Webster's New World
Consisting or characteristic of prose.
American Heritage
Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
American Heritage
Commonplace, dull and ordinary.
Prosaic details of everyday life.
Webster's New World

(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.

Origin of Prosaic

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin prōsaicus from Latin prōsa prose prose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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