Definition of iambic in English:

iambic

Pronunciation /īˈambik/ /aɪˈæmbɪk/

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adjective

Prosody
  • Of or using iambs.

    ‘iambic pentameters’
    • ‘I have also used iambic tetrameter, a rhyme scheme that appears frequently in songs and uses four iambic feet.’
    • ‘The second section of the poem, the last four lines, alternate between iambic tetrameter and pentameter.’
    • ‘Here is how Arthur Golding rendered the scene, in iambic heptameter couplets, about the time Shakespeare was born.’
    • ‘The Cautionary Tales are in iambic octosyllabic couplets and can run to fifty lines or so.’
    • ‘In this year he sits down to compose 23 farewell letters to his friends, each set into conversational iambic hexameter.’
    • ‘If you want to run all your editorials in purple or run the type sideways, or give voice to all your opinions in iambic hexameter, knock yourself out.’
    • ‘An Admonition of Warning to England comprises twenty-four rhyming couplets in alternating lines of iambic hexameter and heptameter.’
    • ‘That particular line-length is easy to swallow, while its iambic rocking gives a steady rhythmical pleasure to listeners.’
    • ‘He kept the iambic blank verse form but relieved it entirely of its poetic burden.’
    • ‘Iambic verse he thought potentially monotonous.’
    • ‘Both poems tend strongly toward an iambic rhythm.’
    • ‘In poetic terms I used to step out a good iambic metre, lively and heroic.’
    • ‘Even students with a strong background in form tend to be familiar only with iambic meter.’
    • ‘The central theme of iambic poetry was traditionally invective, that is personal attack, mockery, and satire.’
    • ‘This probably refers to the anapaestic and iambic chants which accompanied armed dances and processions at certain Spartan festivals.’

noun

  • 1Iambic verse as a genre.

    ‘A drunk, a brawler, a pathetic lover, Hipponax invented the ‘limping iambic, also known as the scazon.’’
    • ‘It can't just be a line of iambic, or a nineteen-line villanelle.’
    • ‘While still at school he translated Euripides Medea from Greek into Latin iambics.’
    1. 1.1iambicsIambic verse.
      ‘She will slip from dactyls to iambics, pentameter to trimeter, quatrains to sestets.’
      • ‘‘The Beautiful Changes’ consists of three six-line stanzas in loose iambics with an anapestic lilt.’
      • ‘There is often a meandering discursivity in the rhythm and content of Prynne's fractured iambics.’
      • ‘Halfway through part 2, the three-line stanzas with their fairly regular iambics are interrupted, and quite literally torn apart.’
      • ‘I'd have to stay up all night long showing him how to use the iambics.’

Origin

Mid 16th century from French iambique, via late Latin from Greek iambikos, from iambos (see iambus).