Definition of iambic in English:

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iambic

Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈambɪk/

adjective

Prosody
Of or using iambuses: the epilogue is written in the finest iambic verse
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.

noun

1Iambic verse as a genre.
Example sentences
  • Common metrical patterns in both poetry and music are iambic, trochaic, dactylic, amphibrachic, anapaestic, spondaic, and tribrachic.
  • These days my feet tend more to the caution of the spondaic than the remorseless, heroic march of the iambic.
  • You can mix it all up, iambic, hexameter, off-rhymes, scats, raps and syncopated accents.
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.

Origin

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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Line breaks: iam¦bic

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