[ shuh-vee ]
/ ʃəˈvi /
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a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Compare expletive (def. 2).
Origin of cheville
First recorded in 1880–85; from French: literally, “ankle, dowel, peg, plug,” the last sense giving rise to the English meaning of a filler word or phrase in a sentence or line of verse, from Latin clāvicula “key, tendril, pivot”; see clavicle
Words nearby cheville
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Example sentences from the Web for cheville
He employed no poetical cheville for the metre of a verse which his own feelings inspired.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli