tro·​cha·​ic trō-ˈkā-ik How to pronounce trochaic (audio)
: of, relating to, or consisting of trochees
trochaic noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many other lines in this poem are also iambic or trochaic, yet the subject matter is troubled. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Middle French trochaïque, from Latin trochaicus, from Greek trochaikos, from trochaios trochee

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trochaic was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Trochaic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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