Definition of disyllabic in English:


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(also dissyllabic)
  • 1(of a word or metrical foot) consisting of two syllables.

    ‘A disyllable or disyllabic word has two syllables, a trisyllable or trisyllabic word has three.’
    • ‘Occasionally two disyllabic feet occur in succession.’
    • ‘I think I'll stick to monosyllabic and disyllabic words today.’
    1. 1.1(of a bird's call) consisting of two distinct sounds, such as the call of the cuckoo.
      ‘Treeswifts calls have been described as a squeal, with a few syllables grouped together to form a disyllabic or trisyllabic call.’
      • ‘I wish this bird would do something more characteristic of Hume's, like an upward inflecting or disyllabic call, but it doesn't.’



/ˌdīsəˈlabik/ /ˌdaɪsəˈlæbɪk/


Mid 17th century from French dissyllabique, via Latin from Greek disullabos ‘of two syllables’.