- a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of two short syllables followed by a long one, or, as in English, of two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one
- a line of verse made up of such feet (Ex.: “Ănd thĕ shéen | ŏf thĕir spéars | wăs lĭke stárs | ŏn thĕ séa”)
Origin of anapestClassical Latin anapaestus ; from Classical Greek anapaistos ; from ana-, back + paiein, to strike: so called from reversing the dactyl
- A metrical foot composed of two unaccented syllables followed by one accented one, as in the word seventeen.
- A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of two short syllables followed by one long one.
Origin of anapestLatin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos : ana-, ana- + paiein, pais-, to strike (so called because an anapest is a reversed dactyl); see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (prosody) A metrical foot consisting of three syllables, two short and one long (e.g the word "velveteen").
- (prosody) A fragment, phrase or line of poetry or verse using this meter; e.g. “Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did NOT!” (Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.).
From Latin anapaestus, from Ancient Greek ἀνάπαιστος (anapaistos, “struck back”, “reversed”), from ἀνά (ana, “back”) + παίω (paiō, “I strike”).