Anapaest



a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.
Historical Examples

“Home,” by Margaret Mahon, is a poem in that rather popular modern measure which seems to waver betwixt the iambus and anapaest.
Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Again, I should say, anapaestic—but this anapaest and amphibrach quarrel is ἄσπονδος.
The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge

noun
(prosody) a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (◡ ◡ –)
n.

also anapaest, “two short syllables followed by a long one,” 1670s, from Latin anapestus, from Greek anapaistos “struck back, rebounding,” verbal adjective from anapaiein “to strike back,” from ana- “back” (see ana-) + paiein “to strike,” from PIE *pau- “to cut, strike, stamp” (see pave). So called because it reverses the dactyl.

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