Prose Definition

prōz
prosed, proses, prosing
noun
The ordinary form of written or spoken language, without rhyme or meter; speech or writing, sometimes, specif., nonfictional writing, that is not poetry.
Webster's New World
Dull, commonplace talk, expression, quality, etc.
Webster's New World
A hymn of irregular meter sung before the Gospel.
American Heritage
Prose is regular written or spoken language that is not poetry.
An example of prose is the writing in Catcher in the Rye.
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Antonyms:
poetrypoem
verb
To write prose.
American Heritage
To speak, write, or express (one's thoughts, etc.) in prose or in a prosaic way.
Webster's New World
To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
platitudinize
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adjective
Of or in prose.
Webster's New World
Dull; unimaginative; commonplace; prosaic.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Prose

Noun

Singular:
prose
Plural:
proses

Origin of Prose

  • Used in English since 1330, from Old French prose, the Latin word prōsa (“straightforward") from the term prōsa ōrātio (“a straightforward speech- i.e. without the ornaments of verse"). The term prōsa (“straightforward") is a colloquial form of prorsa (“straight forwards") which is the feminine form of prorsus (“straight forwards"), from Old Latin prōvorsus (“moving straight ahead"), from pro- (“forward") + turned, form of vertō (“I turn"). Compare verse.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle 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 pro–1 vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

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

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