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.
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.: “Tŏ stríve, tŏ séek, tŏ fínd, ănd nót tŏ yíeld”)
Origin of iamb
French iambe from Latin iambus from Greek iambos