[proh-pa-rok-si-tohn]Classical Greek Grammar


having an accent or heavy stress on the antepenultimate syllable.


a proparoxytone word.

Nearby words

  1. propanedioic acid,
  2. propanil,
  3. propanoic acid,
  4. propanol,
  5. propantheline bromide,
  6. propecia,
  7. propel,
  8. propellant,
  9. propellent,
  10. propeller

Origin of proparoxytone

From the Greek word proparoxýtonos, dating back to 1755–65. See pro-2, paroxytone

Related formspro·par·ox·y·ton·ic [proh-pa-rok-si-ton-ik] /ˌproʊ pæˌrɒk sɪˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for proparoxytone



(in Ancient Greek) of, relating to, or denoting words having an acute accent on the third syllable from the end


a proparoxytone word
Compare paroxytone

Word Origin for proparoxytone

C18: from Greek proparoxutonos; see pro- ², paroxytone

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