[ frey-zuhl ]
See synonyms for phrasal on
  1. of, consisting of, or of the nature of a phrase or phrases: phrasal construction.

Origin of phrasal

First recorded in 1870–75; phrase + -al1

Other words from phrasal

  • phras·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby phrasal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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


/ (ˈfreɪzəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or composed of phrases

Derived forms of phrasal

  • phrasally, adverb

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