[hyoo-duh-bras-tik, or, often, yoo-]


of, relating to, or resembling the style of Samuel Butler's Hudibras (published 1663–78), a mock-heroic poem written in tetrameter couplets.
of a playful burlesque style.


a Hudibrastic couplet or stanza.

Origin of Hudibrastic

1705–15; Hudibras + -tic
Related formsHu·di·bras·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hudibrastic

Historical Examples of hudibrastic

  • His Hudibrastic verses are poor scurrilous trash, as the reader may judge from the description of the Highlanders, already quoted.

  • This quotation from the opening of Combe's Hudibrastic narrative will account for the originality of the hero's eccentric title.

  • Ordinary narrative poems with no satiric intent were decked in Hudibrastic couplets for the sake of a superficial cleverness.

    Aesop Dress'd

    Bernard Mandeville

  • It is a simple rendering in Hudibrastic verse of a familiar nursery story.

    Charles Lamb

    Walter Jerrold

British Dictionary definitions for hudibrastic



mock-heroic in style

Word Origin for hudibrastic

C18: after Hudibras, poem (1663–68) by Samuel Butler
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