noun (plural iambuses or iambi /-bʌɪ/)Prosody
A metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable.
More example sentences
- Of the five kinds of feet illustrated here, the iambus is by far the most often used in English verse; the spondee is the rarest.
- The metre throughout is iambic tetrameter, alternating with trimeter - in other words, lines of four iambuses alternate with lines of three.
- They consist of a collection of seventeen poems in different versions of the iambus, the metre traditionally associated with lampoon.
late 16th century: Latin, from Greek iambos 'iambus, lampoon', from iaptein 'attack verbally' (because the iambic trimeter was first used by Greek satirists).
Definition of iambus in:
- The US English dictionary