poulter's measurepoul·ter's measure
A metrical pattern employing couplets in which the first line is in iambic hexameter and the second is in iambic heptameter.
Origin of poulter's measureFrom obsolete poulter, a poultry dealer (from the practice of giving a few extra eggs in the dozen), from Middle English pulter, from Old French pouletier; see poultry.
(plural poulter's measures)
- A metre with alternate lines of 12 and 14 syllables, because it was said that poulters gave 12 eggs for the first dozen and 14 if you bought a second dozen.
- Good ladies, ye that have your pleasure in exile
- Step in your foot, come take a place and mourn with me awhile.
- And such as by their lords do set but little price,
- Let them sit still, it skills them not what chance come on the dice.
See Coined by George Gascoigne in 1576, See poulter & definition below.