phrasal

[frey-zuh l]

adjective

of, consisting of, or of the nature of a phrase or phrases: phrasal construction.

Nearby words

  1. photuria,
  2. php,
  3. phr.,
  4. phragmites,
  5. phragmoplast,
  6. phrasal verb,
  7. phrasally,
  8. phrase,
  9. phrase book,
  10. phrase marker

Origin of phrasal

First recorded in 1870–75; phrase + -al1

Related formsphras·al·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for phrasal

  • 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

adjective

of, relating to, or composed of phrases
Derived Formsphrasally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for phrasal

phrasal

adj.

1871, from phrase (v.) + -al (1). Related: Phrasally.

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