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trochaic Line breaks: tro|cha¦ic
Pronunciation: /trə(ʊ)ˈkeɪɪk/

Definition of trochaic in English:


Consisting of or featuring trochees.
Example sentences
  • Calendars begins with the cadenced trochaic tetrameter rhythms of ‘Landing Under Water, I See Roots’.
  • The only notable exceptions are the trochaic tetrameters of ‘The Phoenix and Turtle’ and the iambic tetrameters of Sonnet 145.
  • The auditory ease of the merry mockeries of maidens is abruptly undermined by the trochaic retarding of the ‘sharp voices’ insisting on ‘maiden labour.’


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A type of verse that consists of or features trochees.
Example sentences
  • His infantile trochaics addressed to children (‘Dimply damsel, sweetly smiling’, etc.) earned him the nickname of ‘Namby Pamby’, though Johnson described them as his pleasantest pieces.
  • Trochaics have rarely been more amusingly used than in Lewis Carroll's 'Hiawatha's Photographing', in which Hiawatha is exasperatedly trying to take portraits of a very tiresome and camera-conscious Victorian family.
  • The new metre is most likely to result from poems written in what are called trochaics, or two-syllabled feet stressed on the first syllable.


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek trokhaikos, from trokhaios (see trochee).

Words that rhyme with trochaic

alcaic, algebraic, Aramaic, archaic, choleraic, Cyrenaic, deltaic, formulaic, Hebraic, Judaic, Mishnaic, Mithraic, mosaic, Pharisaic, prosaic, Ptolemaic, Romaic, spondaic, stanzaic
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