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noun Prosody.
  1. a foot of two syllables, a long followed by a short in quantitative meter, or a stressed followed by an unstressed in accentual meter. Symbol:
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Origin of trochee

1580–90; < Latin trochaeus < Greek (poùs), trochaîos running (foot), equivalent to troch- (variant stem of tréchein to run) + -aios adj. suffix
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Historical Examples

  • He could make Greek iambics, and doubted whether the bishop knew the difference between an iambus and a trochee.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    Anthony Trollope

  • Antispast, an′ti-spast, n. in metre, a foot composed of an iambus and a trochee.

  • The Trochee, which has the first syllable accented, and the last unaccented: as, Ynke dodl.

  • The hexameter is a six-foot catalectic verse theoretically consisting of five successive dactyls and a trochee.

  • In the iambic and trochaic metres other feet are often substituted for the iambus and the trochee, but without change of rhythm.

British Dictionary definitions for trochee


  1. prosody a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short (– ◡)Compare iamb
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek trokhaios pous, literally: a running foot, from trekhein to run
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Word Origin and History for trochee


1580s, from French trochée, from Latin trochaeus "a trochee," from Greek trokhaios (pous), literally "a running, spinning (foot)," from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)). As a metrical foot, a long followed by a short syllable, or an accented followed by an unaccented one.

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