mo·​tor·​ic mō-ˈtȯr-ik How to pronounce motoric (audio)
motorically adverb

Examples of motoric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This surprising work, hardly a student piece, shows the Eastern-European sensibility in creating new sounds and forms: motoric rhythms, percussive bow techniques (played with vigor and mastery by Sheku Kanneh-Mason), and an extraordinarily original harmonic language. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Grazyna Bacewicz’s motoric Overture for Orchestra, which opened the program, felt thick, too. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023 Verghese found that apathy was associated with motoric cognitive risk syndrome, a predementia syndrome characterized by slow gait and cognitive complaints. Ryan Prior, CNN, 14 Oct. 2020 At age one, the motoric problems my mother had been noticing for the past six months finally had a label. Melanie Reach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Sep. 2017 The finale starts with a motoric toccata that could have come from Bartók, then moves on to imitate an Irish jig, before adding a bit of boogie-woogie; the suave opening of the work draws from the luxe urbanity of Poulenc. Russell Platt, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motoric was in 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Motoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


mo·​tor·​ic mō-ˈtȯr-ik, -ˈtär- How to pronounce motoric (audio)
: motor sense 3
motoric and verbal behavior
motorically adverb
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