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iamb

play
noun \ˈī-ˌam(b)\

Simple Definition of iamb

  • : a unit of rhythm in poetry that consists of one syllable that is not accented or stressed followed by one syllable that is accented or stressed (as in the words away or above )

Full Definition of iamb

plural iambs play \ˈī-ˌamz\ or iam·bus·es

  1. :  a metrical foot consisting of one short syllable followed by one long syllable or of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable (as in above)

iam·bic play \ī-ˈam-bik\ adjective or noun

Variants of iamb

or iam·bus play \ī-ˈam-bəs\

Origin of iamb

Latin iambus, from Greek iambos


First Known Use: 1586


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