hy·​per·​me·​ter hī-ˈpər-mə-tər How to pronounce hypermeter (audio)
: a verse marked by hypercatalexis
: a period comprising more than two or three cola
hypermetric adjective
or hypermetrical

Word History


Late Latin hypermetrus hypercatalectic, from Greek hypermetros beyond measure, beyond the meter, from hyper- + metron measure, meter

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypermeter was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Hypermeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypermeter. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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