prosaic

Prosaic means ordinary or dull. Most of us lead a prosaic everyday life, sometimes interrupted by some drama or crisis.

This adjective is from Latin prosa, "prose," which is ordinary writing intended to communicate ideas and information. Prose is often contrasted with poetry, which usually has a more imaginative and original style.

Definitions of prosaic
  1. adjective
    lacking wit or imagination
    synonyms: earthbound, pedestrian, prosy
    uninteresting
    arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement
  2. adjective
    not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
  3. adjective
    not fanciful or imaginative
    “a prosaic and unimaginative essay”
    synonyms: matter-of-fact
    unrhetorical
    not rhetorical
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