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iambic Syllabification: i·am·bic
Pronunciation: /īˈambik/

Definition of iambic in English:


Of or using iambs: iambic pentameters
More example sentences
  • I have also used iambic tetrameter, a rhyme scheme that appears frequently in songs and uses four iambic feet.
  • The second section of the poem, the last four lines, alternate between iambic tetrameter and pentameter.
  • Here is how Arthur Golding rendered the scene, in iambic heptameter couplets, about the time Shakespeare was born.


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1Iambic verse as a genre.
Example sentences
  • A drunk, a brawler, a pathetic lover, Hipponax invented the ‘limping iambic, also known as the scazon.’
  • It can't just be a line of iambic, or a nineteen-line villanelle.
  • While still at school he translated Euripides Medea from Greek into Latin iambics.
1.1 (iambics) Iambic verse.
Example sentences
  • She will slip from dactyls to iambics, pentameter to trimeter, quatrains to sestets.
  • ‘The Beautiful Changes’ consists of three six-line stanzas in loose iambics with an anapestic lilt.
  • There is often a meandering discursivity in the rhythm and content of Prynne's fractured iambics.


Mid 16th century: from French iambique, via late Latin from Greek iambikos, from iambos (see iambus).

Words that rhyme with iambic

choriambic, dithyrambic
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