As adjectives the difference between nondescript and prosaic
is that nondescript
is not described (in the academic literature); undescribed, unidentified while prosaic
is pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose.
As a noun nondescript
is an undistinguished, unexceptional person or thing.
Not described (in the academic literature); undescribed, unidentified.
* 1851 ,
Without distinguishing qualities or characteristics; unexceptional.
- In thoroughfares nigh the docks, any considerable seaport will frequently offer to view the queerest looking nondescripts from foreign parts.
- He drove a nondescript silver sedan.
An undistinguished, unexceptional person or thing.
Pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose.
(of writing or speaking) Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
- The tenor of Eliot's prosaic work differs greatly from that of his poetry.
(usually of writing or speaking but also figurative) Overly plain, simple or commonplace, to the point of being boring; humdrum; dull; unimaginative.
- I was simply making the prosaic point that we are running late.
- His account of the incident was so prosaic that I nodded off while reading it.
- She lived a prosaic life.
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