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[hyoo-duh-bras-tik, or, often, yoo-]
  1. of, relating to, or resembling the style of Samuel Butler's Hudibras (published 1663–78), a mock-heroic poem written in tetrameter couplets.
  2. of a playful burlesque style.
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  1. a Hudibrastic couplet or stanza.
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Origin of Hudibrastic

1705–15; Hudibras + -tic
Related formsHu·di·bras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hudibrastic

Historical Examples

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

    Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. II (of 3)

    Walter Scott

  • 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


  1. mock-heroic in style
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Word Origin

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