a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one long syllable followed by one short one, or, as in English verse, of one accented syllable followed by one unaccented one (Ex.: “Pétĕr, | Pétĕr, | púmpkĭn | éatĕr”)
Origin of trocheeClassical Latin trochaeus ; from Classical Greek trochaios, running ; from trechein, to run: see troche
- A metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable, as in season.
- A metrical foot in quantitative verse consisting of a long syllable followed by a short one.
Origin of trocheeFrench trochée, from Latin trochaeus, from Greek trokhaios, from trokhos, a running, from trekhein, to run.