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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosenoun

    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

  2. prosenoun

    matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression


  1. prosenoun

    Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.

    Though known mostly for her prose, she also produced a small body of excellent poems.

  2. proseverb

    to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prosenoun

    Language not restrained to harmonick sounds or set number of syllables; discourse not metrical.

    Etymology: prose, Fr. prosa, Lat.

    Things unattempted yet in prose or rhime. John Milton.

    The reformation of prose was owing to Giovanni Boccaccio, who is the standard of purity in the Italian tongue, though many of his phrases are become obsolete. Dryden.

    A poet lets you into the knowledge of a device better than a prose writer, as his descriptions are often more diffuse. Add.

    Prose men alone for private ends,
    I thought, forsook their ancient friends. Matthew Prior.

    I will be still your friend in prose:
    Esteem and friendship to express,
    Will not require poetick dress. Jonathan Swift.

    My head and heart thus flowing through my quill,
    Verse man and prose man, term me which you will. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosenoun

    the ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition

  2. Prosenoun

    hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse

  3. Prosenoun

    a hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence

  4. Proseadjective

    pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition

  5. Proseadjective

    possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life

  6. Proseverb

    to write in prose

  7. Proseverb

    to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way

  8. Proseverb

    to write prose

  9. Etymology: [F. prose, L. prosa, fr. prorsus, prosus, straight forward, straight on, for proversus; pro forward + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See Verse.]


  1. Prose

    Prose is a form of language which applies ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure. While there are critical debates on the construction of prose, its simplicity and loosely defined structure has led to its adoption for the majority of spoken dialogue, factual discourse as well as topical and fictional writing. It is commonly used, for example, in literature, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, broadcasting, film, history, philosophy, law and many other forms of communication.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prose

    prōz, n. the direct, straightforward arrangement of words, free from poetical measures: ordinary spoken and written language: all writings not in verse.—adj. pertaining to prose: not poetical: plain: dull.—v.i. to write prose: to speak or write tediously.—v.t. to compose in prose.—ns. Prose′-man, Prō′ser, Prose′-writ′er, a writer of prose.—adv. Prō′sily, in a prosy manner: tediously.—ns. Prō′siness, the state or quality of being prosy; Prō′sing, speaking or writing in a dull or prosy way.—adj. Prō′sy, dull, tedious. [Fr.,—L. prosaprorsus, straightforward—pro, forward, vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

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Anagrams for prose »

  1. opers, pores, poser, preso, reops, ropes, spore

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prose in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of prose in a Sentence

  1. Ernest Hemingway:

    The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do.

  2. Iowa President Barack Obama:

    (S)he’s extraordinarily experienced — and, you know, wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out — (and) sometimes (that) could make her more cautious, and her campaign more prose than poetry.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Her strengths, which are the fact that she’s extraordinarily experienced, and, you know, wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out, sometimes could make her more cautious and her campaign more prose than poetry.

  4. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it.

  5. George Orwell:

    Good prose is like a window-pane

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. abash
    • B. affront
    • C. summon
    • D. rumpus

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