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phrasal

[ frey-zuhl ]
/ ˈfreɪ zəl /
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adjective
of, consisting of, or of the nature of a phrase or phrases: phrasal construction.
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Origin of phrasal

First recorded in 1870–75; phrase + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM phrasal

phras·al·ly, adverb
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How to use phrasal in a sentence

  • His sense of humor was altogether phrasal, like that of most multimillionaires.

    H. R.|Edwin Lefevre
  • He is forever playing phrasal variations upon the words 'piece,' and 'little.'

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley
  • Instances rare in wisdom and phrasal conciseness are to be encountered on every other page of Beaumont.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley

British Dictionary definitions for phrasal

phrasal
/ (ˈfreɪzəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or composed of phrases

Derived forms of phrasal

phrasally, adverb
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