- (of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
- pertaining to or writing lyric poetry: a lyric poet.
- characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling: a lyric song; lyric writing.
- pertaining to, rendered by, or employing singing.
- (of a voice) relatively light of volume and modest in range: a lyric soprano.
- pertaining, adapted, or sung to the lyre, or composing poems to be sung to the lyre: ancient Greek lyric odes.
- a lyric poem.
- Often lyrics. the words of a song.
Origin of lyric
Examples from the Web for lyrically
Contemporary Examples of lyrically
This is Bey and Nicki at their most lyrically masochistic, and boy, is it a treat.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
By and large, pop, both musically and lyrically, was polite.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America
January 29, 2014
He speaks in heavily-accented English, but fluidly and lyrically, with both force and deliberation.The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
October 10, 2013
Historical Examples of lyrically
Once in my life my mania for accuracy involved me lyrically.Police!!!
Robert W. Chambers
After all, she had not broken the old home ties (to put it lyrically) for this sort of thing, now, had she?Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
He had just the senseless, monkeyish curiosity of the staring crowd so lyrically praised by the London Press.The Pretty Lady
Arnold E. Bennett
He does not treat them lyrically, following rather the rules of epic and dramatic composition.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
What wonder then that she should lyrically apostrophise "The Wink" in laudatory numbers?
- (of poetry)
- expressing the writer's personal feelings and thoughts
- having the form and manner of a song
- of or relating to such poetry
- (of music) having songlike qualities
- (of a singing voice) having a light quality and tone
- intended for singing, esp (in classical Greece) to the accompaniment of the lyre
- a short poem of songlike quality
- (plural) the words of a popular 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.