1. tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length
; - Example: "editing a prolix manuscript"- Example: "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prolix \Pro*lix"\ (?; 277), a. [L. prolixus extended, long,
prolix, probably fr. pro before, forward + liqui to flow,
akin to liquidus liquid; cf. OL. lixa water: cf. F. prolixe.
1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; minute in
narration or argument; excessively particular in detail;
-- rarely used except with reference to discourse written
or spoken; as, a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix
With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist.
2. Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; --
applied to a speaker or writer.
Syn: Long; diffuse; prolonged; protracted; tedious; tiresome;
Usage: Prolix, Diffuse. A prolix writer delights in
circumlocution, extended detail, and trifling
particulars. A diffuse writer is fond of amplifying,
and abounds in epithets, figures, and illustrations.
Diffuseness often arises from an exuberance of
imagination; prolixity is generally connected with a
want of it.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great
length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer
telling you more than you want to know" [ant: concise]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
89 Moby Thesaurus words for "prolix":
all jaw, blah, broken-record, candid, chatty, communicative,
conversational, de longue haleine, de trop, diffuse, dispensable,
drearisome, dreary, dry, dryasdust, dull, dusty, effusive, endless,
everlasting, excess, expansive, expendable, expletive, extended,
filled out, flip, fluent, frank, gabby, garrulous, gassy, glib,
gossipy, gratuitous, gregarious, gushy, harping, humdrum,
in excess, invariable, irksome, jog-trot, lengthy, long,
long-drawn-out, long-spun, long-winded, longiloquent, loquacious,
monotonous, multiloquent, multiloquious, needless, newsy,
nonessential, overtalkative, padded, pleonastic, prolonged,
protracted, redundant, singsong, smooth, sociable, spare, spun-out,
supererogatory, superfluous, talkative, talky, tautologic,
tautologous, tedious, tiresome, to spare, treadmill, uncalled-for,
unessential, uneventful, unnecessary, unneeded, unrelenting,
unvarying, verbose, voluble, wearisome, windy, wordy