- pertaining to the iamb.
- consisting of or employing an iamb or iambs.
- Greek Literature. noting or pertaining to satirical poetry written in iambs.
- an iamb.
- Usually iambics.a verse or poem consisting of iambs.
- Greek Literature. a satirical poem in this meter.
Origin of iambic
Examples from the Web for iambic
It must consist of exactly fourteen lines of iambic pentameter.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10
Charles Herbert Sylvester
Iambic lines are by very far the most frequent in English verse.The Principles of English Versification
Paull Franklin Baum
The translation is in iambic measure, and the specimen is concluded in the 2d vol.Ossian in Germany
Our Iambic in its sixth form, is commonly called the Alexandrine measure.The Comic English Grammar
But the difference of the iambic and heroic measure destroys that at once.The Works of William Cowper
- of, relating to, consisting of, or using an iamb or iambs
- (in Greek literature) denoting a type of satirical verse written in iambs
- a metrical foot, line, or stanza of verse consisting of iambs
- a type of ancient Greek satirical verse written in iambs
Word Origin and History for iambic
1570s (n.); 1580s (adj.), from Latin iambicus, from Greek iambikos, from iambos "metrical foot of one unaccented followed by one accented syllable," from iaptein "to assail" (in words), literally "to put forth." The meter of invective and lampoon in classical Greek from the time it was used for such by Archilochos, 7c. B.C.E.