[frey-zuh l]


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

Origin of phrasal

First recorded in 1870–75; phrase + -al1
Related formsphras·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phrasal

Historical Examples of 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



of, relating to, or composed of phrases
Derived Formsphrasally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phrasal

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

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