a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one short syllable followed by one long one, or, as in English verse, of one unaccented syllable followed by one accented one (Ex.: “T? stríve, t? séek, t? fínd, ?nd nót t? yíeld”)
Origin of iambFrench iambe ; from Classical Latin iambus ; from Classical Greek iambos
nounpl. i·ambs also i·am·bus·es or i·am·bi
- A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in delay.
- A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of a short syllable followed by a long one.
Origin of iambFrench iambe, from Latin iambus, from Greek iambos.