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  1. pertaining to the trochee.
  2. consisting of or employing a trochee or trochees.
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  1. a trochee.
  2. Usually trochaics. a verse or poem written in trochees.
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Origin of trochaic

1580–90; < Latin trochaicus < Greek trochaïkós, equivalent to trocha(îos) trochee + -ikos -ic
Related formstro·cha·i·cal·ly, adverbun·tro·cha·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trochaic

Historical Examples

  • Shelley's To a Skylark is in trochaic metre of 3-stress and 6-stress lines.

    The Principles of English Versification

    Paull Franklin Baum

  • The last line, however, full of tenderness and sadness, is trochaic.

  • Trochaic metre is often read, as if it were a kind of crude iambic.

  • The Greek trochaic tetrameter, similarly, contains eight trochees, the English 'trochaic tetrameter' but four.

  • It does not admit of frequent substitutions, for many substitutions destroy the trochaic effect.

British Dictionary definitions for trochaic


  1. of, relating to, or consisting of trochees
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  1. another word for trochee
  2. a verse composed of trochees
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Derived Formstrochaically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for trochaic


1580s, from French trochaïque (1540s) or directly from Latin trochaicus, from Greek trokhaikos, from trokhaios (see trochee).

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