Definitions of prose

  1. matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression
  2. ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
  3. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.
  4. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
  5. A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
  6. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
  7. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
  8. To write in prose.
  9. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
  10. To write prose.
  11. Ordinary spoken or written language; language without meter: opposite to verse.
  12. To write in a form not verse; to write or speak tediously or uninterestingly.
  13. Pertaining to composition that is not verse; dull; tedious.
  14. The direct, straightforward arrangement of words, free from poetical measures: ordinary spoken and written language: all writings not in verse.
  15. Pertaining to prose: not poetical: plain: dull.
  16. To write prose: to speak or write tediously.
  17. PROSER.
  18. Discourse not in verse; dull, unimaginative writings.
  19. Prosaic.
  20. To discourse in a dull, tedious manner.
  21. To write or say in a dull manner.
  22. Prosaic; prosy.
  23. Speech or writing without meter.
  24. Unmetrical or unrhymed composition; ordinary language.
  25. To write in prose; to make a tedious relation.
  26. The ordinary written or spoken language of man; the opposite of verse or poetry.
  27. To write in a dull tedious style.
  28. Relating to prose; not poetical; dull; unromantic.

Usage examples for prose

  1. She was wont to say that for her part she liked only what was perfectly true, by which it is believed she meant prose. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  2. Whether these two works were in verse or prose is unknown. – The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 by Sebastian Brandt
  3. What a knack you have, Peggy, of turning everything into prose! – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  4. 1798- 1868. Poet and prose writer. – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  5. We are reading neither prose nor poetry; it is too real for the ideal, and too ideal for the real. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  6. We write poetry, Charles, in order to improve our prose. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  7. " And, to descend from poetry to plain prose," said Mr. George, " I think we had better take advantage of the fine weather to go to Broek to- morrow." – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  8. This " good gray poet" has also written prose essays called Democratic Vietas and Specimen Days and Collect. – A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
  9. Under every picture was a legend in Hildegarde's hand, in prose or verse. – Hildegarde's Harvest by Laura E. Richards
  10. When fairly launched in a prose composition, he writes from two to four hours a day, seldom five. – Methods of Authors by Hugo Erichsen
  11. I cannot order my dinner in prose from Madame de Kriegschenmahl? – Signora Fantastici by Madame de Stael, translated by Frank J. Morlock
  12. The journey through Upper Egypt was at this time perfectly open and safe, and the legs and feet of the statue are covered with names, and inscriptions in prose and verse, of travellers who had visited it at sunrise during the reigns of Hadrian and the Antonines. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  13. Prose is the dream, and poetry the truth. – The Bride of Fort Edward by Delia Bacon
  14. " 'Graziella' is a poem in prose. – First Fam'lies of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller
  15. It is not poetry, but solemn prose that a man must reap the same kind of seed that he sows. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody
  16. His admirers have also praised him as a prose writer. – Paul Verlaine by Stefan Zweig
  17. A translation into modern English prose. – Beowulf An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn by R. W. Chambers
  18. Perhaps the only prose work of permanent value he produced in these years was the life of his mysterious friend, Richard Savage. – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  19. " I don't know," said Gerald, returning to prose. – The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
  20. The Essays of Abraham Cowley, including all his Prose Works. – The Great Musicians: Rossini and His School by Henry Sutherland Edwards