- 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 anapaest
"Home," by Margaret Mahon, is a poem in that rather popular modern measure which seems to waver betwixt the iambus and anapaest.Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Again, I should say, anapaestic—but this anapaest and amphibrach quarrel is ἄσπονδος.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (◡ ◡ –)
Word Origin and History for anapaest
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.