- a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.
Origin of anapest
Examples from the Web for anapestic
The measure of the song is anapestic (that is, with the accent on every third syllable), with modifications.The Lady of the Lake
Sir Walter Scott
A poetic foot of three syllables which bears the accent on the third syllable is called an anapestic foot.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7
Charles H. Sylvester
Technically the poem is anapestic tetrameter much varied by the introduction of iambic feet.
Anapestic feet are used freely to improve the music; in fact, they are nearly as numerous as the iambic feet.
Again we find, especially in dactyllic and anapestic lines, a trochee or spondee thrown in to vary the movement.Rhymes and Meters
Word Origin and History for anapestic
1690s, from Latin anapaesticus, from Greek anapaistikos, from anapaistos (see anapest).
also anapaest, "two short syllables followed by a long one," 1670s, from Latin anapestus, from Greek anapaistos "struck back, rebounding," verbal adjective from anapaiein "to strike back," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + paiein "to strike," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (see pave). So called because it reverses the dactyl.