adjective Also lyr·i·cal.
- lyre back,
- lyre snake,
- lyre-form sofa,
Origin of lyric
Examples from the Web for lyric
Is there any better Beyoncé lyric to use in response to the most shocking celebrity tape this side of One Night in Paris?Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
George would take out his lyric book and acoustic guitar and play us the song we would be working on that day.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ever the showman, he asks if he can play the tape forward, sing the lyric once, play that “backmasked stuff,” then sing that.
Tragic, lyric, ironic, dramatic, realistic, surrealistic—a sure winner.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea|Michael Weiss|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lyric writing has to exist in time … Therefore it must be crystal clear as it goes on.Sondheim on Sondheim: American Musical Theater in Six Songs|Jimmy So|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The wind of Victor Hugo, however, is chiefly of the lyric kind.Victor Hugo: His Life and Works|G. Barnett Smith
Both branches of the Lyric Club, in fact, came suddenly to grief, owing to a great misfortune which it is better not to recall.Forty Years of 'Spy'|Leslie Ward
This lyric and the following are printed from the author's MSS.
And his voice—his voice pleaded against her prejudice with all its lyric modulations.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
Their comparisons were monotonous, and their scenes bare, stereotyped arabesques, not woven into the tissue of lyric feeling.
- expressing the writer's personal feelings and thoughts
- having the form and manner of a song
Word Origin for lyric
"a lyric poem," 1580s, from Middle French lyrique "short poem expressing personal emotion," from Latin lyricus "of or for the lyre," from Greek lyrikos "singing to the lyre," from lyra (see lyre). Meaning "words of a popular song" is first recorded 1876. Related: lyrics.
A kind of poetry, generally short, characterized by a musical use of language. Lyric poetry often involves the expression of intense personal emotion. The elegy, the ode, and the sonnet are forms of the lyric poem.