- 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:
Origin of trochee
Examples from the Web for trochee
He could make Greek iambics, and doubted whether the bishop knew the difference between an iambus and a trochee.The Last Chronicle of Barset
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 Comic English Grammar
The hexameter is a six-foot catalectic verse theoretically consisting of five successive dactyls and a trochee.A History of English Versification
In the iambic and trochaic metres other feet are often substituted for the iambus and the trochee, but without change of rhythm.A History of Roman Literature
Harold North Fowler
- prosody a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short (– ◡)Compare iamb
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.