anapest

noun
an·​a·​pest | \ ˈa-nə-ˌpest How to pronounce anapest (audio) \

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)

Other Words from anapest

anapestic \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈpe-​stik How to pronounce anapestic (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of anapest

circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anapest

Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos, literally, struck back (a dactyl reversed), from ana- + -paistos, verbal of paiein to strike

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The first known use of anapest was circa 1678

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“Anapest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anapest. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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