phras·​al ˈfrā-zəl How to pronounce phrasal (audio)
: of, relating to, or consisting of a phrase
phrasal prepositions
phrasally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Repetition has an indelible place in Black expressive culture: in the syncopated rhythms of jazz, the phrasal repetitions of the blues and the guttural moans of soul made meaningful by dint of remarkable vocal performances. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phrasal was in 1859

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“Phrasal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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