Definition of anapest
: a metrical foot consisting of two short syllables followed by one long syllable or of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable (such as unaware)
anapesticplay \ˌa-nə-ˈpes-tik\ adjective or noun
Origin and Etymology of anapest
Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos, literally, struck back (a dactyl reversed), from ana- + -paistos, verbal of paiein to strike
First Known Use: circa 1678
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