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From Medieval Latin syllabicus, from Ancient Greek συλλαβικός (sullabikós), from συλλαβή (sullabḗ, syllable).


  • IPA(key): /sɪˈlæb.ɪk/
  • Rhymes: -æbɪk
  • Hyphenation: syl‧lab‧ic



syllabic (comparative more syllabic, superlative most syllabic)

  1. Of, relating to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
    • 2014, Guillaume Jacques, “V: Cone”, in Jackson Sun, editor, Phonological Profiles of Little-Studied Tibetic Varieties, Taipei: Academia Sinica, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 270:
      Most final consonants have been lost, resulting in a tonal language with a rich consonantal and vocalic inventory, but with a relatively simple syllabic structure..
  2. Pronounced with every syllable distinct.
  3. (linguistics) Designating a sound that is or can be the most sonorant segment of a syllable, as a vowel or a resonant. In the word riddle ([ɹɪdl̩]), the two syllabic sounds are [ɪ] and [l̩].
  4. Of, or being a form of verse, based on the number of syllables in a line rather than on the arrangement of accents or quantities.

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syllabic (plural syllabics)

  1. (phonetics) A syllabic sound.