free verse

noun Prosody.

verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.

Origin of free verse

First recorded in 1905–10
Related formsfree-ver·si·fi·er [free-vur-suh-fahy-er] /ˈfriˈvɜr səˌfaɪ ər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse


unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern
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Word Origin and History for free verse

1908; see vers libre.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

free verse in Culture

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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