The definition of iambic is containing a short, unaccented syllable followed by a longer, accented syllable.
An example of iambic is the word "evolve."
of or made up of iambs
Origin of iambicfrom French or L: French iambique from Classical Latin iambicus from Classical Greek iambikos
- an iamb
- [usually pl.] an iambic line of poetry
Consisting of iambs or characterized by their predominance: iambic pentameter.
- An iamb.
- often iambics A verse, stanza, or poem written in iambs.
(comparative more iambic, superlative most iambic)
- (prosody) An iamb; A line or group of lines of iambs.
From Ancient Greek ἰαμβικός (iambikos).