- a foot of two syllables, both of which are long in quantitative meter or stressed in accentual meter. Symbol:
Origin of spondee
Examples from the Web for spondee
Spondee quoted a poem he had once written about Miss Dorothy.Pipefuls
Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.Notre-Dame de Paris
Now there is only here and there a word in the whole English language that is a spondee.The Last of the Flatboats
George Cary Eggleston
There is, in fact, no such thing as a spondee in ordinary speech.The Voice and Spiritual Education
Spondee, who is a critic, is seldom out of this fine man's company.The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899
George A. Aitken
- prosody a metrical foot consisting of two long syllables (– –)
Word Origin and History for spondee
late 14c., "metrical foot consisting of two long syllables," from Old French spondee, from Latin spondeus, from Greek spondeios (pous), the name of the meter originally used in chants accompanying libations, from sponde "solemn libation," related to spendein "make a drink offering," from PIE root *spend- "to make an offering, perform a rite," hence "to engage oneself by a ritual act" (cf. Latin spondere "to engage oneself, promise," Hittite shipantahhi "I pour out a libation, I sacrifice").
- A word or metrical foot having two equally stressed syllables, used in testing speech and hearing.