ETYM Latin anapaestus, Greek, an anapest, i.e., a dactyl reserved, or, as it were, struck back; from ana back + plessein to strike.
A metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables; SYN. anapaest.
Two short metrical syllables followed by one long one.
Metrical foot of two short syllables followed by one long syllable.