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trochaic

[ troh-key-ik ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to the trochee.
  2. consisting of or employing a trochee or trochees.


noun

  1. Usually trochaics. a verse or poem written in trochees.

trochaic

/ trəʊˈkeɪɪk /

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or consisting of trochees


noun

  1. another word for trochee
  2. a verse composed of trochees
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Derived Forms

  • troˈchaically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • tro·chai·cal·ly adverb
  • untro·chaic adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of trochaic1

1580–90; < Latin trochaicus < Greek trochaïkós, equivalent to trocha ( îos ) trochee + -ikos -ic
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Example Sentences

In the same way, one decides that “The Song of Hiawatha” is written in trochaic tetrameter.

In this stanza the prevailing foot is iambic, but the first foot is trochaic.

This may occur when the accent is on the first syllable of a foot; that is, when the foot is trochaic or dactylic.

In both, the trochaic foot and the very short line indicate abrupt outpouring of feeling.

They are all in rhyming Latin, and chiefly, though with exceptions, in the loose trochaic metre called Leonine.

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