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disyllabic Syllabification: di·syl·lab·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdīsəˈlabik/
(also dissyllabic)

Definition of disyllabic in English:


1(Of a word or metrical foot) consisting of two syllables.
Example sentences
  • A disyllable or disyllabic word has two syllables, a trisyllable or trisyllabic word has three.
  • Occasionally two disyllabic feet occur in succession.
  • I think I'll stick to monosyllabic and disyllabic words today.
1.1(Of a bird’s call) consisting of two distinct sounds, such as the call of the cuckoo.
Example sentences
  • Treeswifts calls have been described as a squeal, with a few syllables grouped together to form a disyllabic or trisyllabic call.
  • I wish this bird would do something more characteristic of Hume's, like an upward inflecting or disyllabic call, but it doesn't.


Mid 17th century: from French dissyllabique, via Latin from Greek disullabos 'of two syllables'.

Words that rhyme with disyllabic

monosyllabic, polysyllabic, syllabic
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