free verse


noun Prosody.

verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.

Origin of free verse

First recorded in 1905–10

OTHER WORDS FROM free verse

free-ver·si·fi·er [free-vur-suh-fahy-er] /ˈfriˈvɜr səˌfaɪ ər/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse

noun

unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern
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Cultural definitions for free verse

free verse

Verse without regular meter or rhyme. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, is written almost entirely in free verse.

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