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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahy-am, ahy-amb]
    • /ˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb/
    • /ˈaɪæm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy-am, ahy-amb]
    • /ˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb/

Definitions of iamb word

  • noun iamb a foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love. 1
  • noun iamb A metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable. 1
  • noun iamb a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (◡ –) 0
  • noun iamb a line of verse of such feet 0
  • noun iamb 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”) 0
  • noun iamb A metrical foot in verse consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. 0

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Origin of iamb

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
First recorded in 1835-45; short for iambus

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Parts of speech for Iamb


iamb popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

iamb usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for iamb

noun iamb

  • blank verse — Blank verse is poetry that does not rhyme. In English literature it usually consists of lines with five stressed syllables.
  • iambus — iamb.

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