prose

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Etymology[edit]

Used in English since 1330, from Old French prose, the Latin word prōsa (straightforward) from the term prōsa ōrātio (a straightforward speech- i.e. without the ornaments of verse). The term prōsa (straightforward) is a colloquial form of prorsa (straight forwards) which is the feminine form of prorsus (straight forwards), from Old Latin prōvorsus (moving straight ahead), from pro- (forward) + turned, form of vertō (I turn). Compare verse.[1]

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prose (usually uncountable, plural proses)

  1. Language, particularly written language, not intended as poetry.
    Though known mostly for her prose, she also produced a small body of excellent poems.
    • Milton
      things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme
  2. Language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
  3. (Roman Catholicism) A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass.

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prose (third-person singular simple present proses, present participle prosing, simple past and past participle prosed)

  1. to write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act I, Scene II, verses 189-190
      Pray, do not prose, good Ethelbert, but speak
      What is your purpose?

References[edit]

  1. ^ prose” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin prosa.

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prose f (plural proses)

  1. prose

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prose

  1. first-person singular present indicative of proser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of proser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of proser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of proser
  5. second-person singular imperative of proser

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prose f

  1. plural form of prosa

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

proseta

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *porsę.

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prose n (genitive proseśa, dual proseśi, plural proseta)

  1. piglet

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