per·​cus·​sive pər-ˈkə-siv How to pronounce percussive (audio)
: of or relating to percussion
especially : operative or operated by striking
: having powerful impact
percussively adverb
percussiveness noun

Examples of percussive in a Sentence

The song had a punchy, percussive rhythm.
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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of percussive was in 1598

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“Percussive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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