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Wordnet 3.0


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. See Liquid.] [1913 Webster] 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 sermon. [1913 Webster] With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; -- applied to a speaker or writer. [1913 Webster] Syn: Long; diffuse; prolonged; protracted; tedious; tiresome; wearisome. 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prolix 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