verb (used with object), ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing.

to relate, describe, or treat (something) in verse.
to convert (prose or other writing) into metrical form.

verb (used without object), ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing.

to compose verses.

Origin of versify

1350–1400; Middle English versifien < Old French versifier < Latin versificāre. See verse, -ify
Related formsver·si·fi·er, nounun·ver·si·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for versifier

Historical Examples of versifier

  • These efforts were enough to prove his taste and gifts as a versifier.

  • He was the poet of pain and of despair, the versifier of Schopenhauer's philosophy.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • It is the ambition of many a versifier to be known as a maker of sonnets.

    Rhymes and Meters

    Horatio Winslow

  • Byron was also in favour, Pope he maintained was no poet, only a versifier.

    Life of John Keats

    Sidney Colvin

  • Before the war, the versifier had been on the staff of a Brussels newspaper.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

British Dictionary definitions for versifier


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to render (something) into metrical form or verse
(intr) to write in verse
Derived Formsversifier, noun

Word Origin for versify

C14: from Old French versifier, from Latin versificāre, from versus verse + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for versifier



mid-14c. (implied in versifier), from Old French versifier "turn into verse" (13c.), from Latin versificare "compare verse," from versus "verse" (see verse) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Versified; versifying.

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