prosiness


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pros·y

 (prō′zē)
adj. pros·i·er, pros·i·est
1. Matter-of-fact and dry; prosaic.
2. Dull; commonplace.

[From prose.]

pros′i·ly adv.
pros′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prosiness - commonplaceness as a consequence of being humdrum and not exciting
commonplaceness, everydayness, commonness - ordinariness as a consequence of being frequent and commonplace
References in classic literature ?
Wordsworth's obstinate adherence to his theory in its full extent, indeed, produced such trivial and absurd results as 'Goody Blake and Harry Gill,' 'The Idiot Boy,' and 'Peter Bell,' and great masses of hopeless prosiness in his long blank-verse narratives.
Even in the very first chapter we find Bilbo Baggins, that thoroughly conventional hobbit who never did anything unexpected, becoming flustered by Gandalf's visit and breaking the rules of courtesy (by trying to brush him off), bourgeois prosiness (by waxing rhapsodic about Gandalf's fireworks), and common sense (by neglecting to write down his engagement for tea).
Tellingly, Alexander's own words have also been taken to task, by bloggers and their commenters who mock her for demanding that we "say it plain" and then using cliches like "glittering edifices" (29), for the lack of euphony in "cotton and lettuce" (28), for the legalese of "love with no need to preempt grievance" (39), for her poem's overall prosiness.