or an·a·paest

[ an-uh-pest ]
/ ˈæn əˌpɛst /

noun Prosody.

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.

Nearby words

  1. anankastic personality,
  2. ananke,
  3. ananthous,
  4. ananym,
  5. anapaest,
  6. anapestic,
  7. anaphase,
  8. anaphia,
  9. anaphora,
  10. anaphoresis

Origin of anapest

1580–90; < Latin anapaestus < Greek anápaistos struck back, reversed (as compared with a dactyl), equivalent to ana- ana- + pais- (variant stem of paíein to strike) + -tos past participle suffix

Related formsan·a·pes·tic, an·a·paes·tic, adjectivean·a·pes·ti·cal·ly, an·a·paes·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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