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Trochee \Tro"chee\, n. [L. trochaeus, Gr. ? (sc.?), from ? running, from ? to run. Cf. Troche, Truck a wheel.] (Pros.) A foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short, as in the Latin word ante, or the first accented and the second unaccented, as in the English word motion; a choreus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

metrical foot consisting of a long followed by a short syllable, or an accented followed by an unaccented one, 1580s, from French trochée, from Latin trochaeus "a trochee," from Greek trokhaios (pous), literally "a running (foot)," from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)). Its rapid movement rendered it a fit accompaniment to dances.


n. A metrical foot in verse consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.


n. a metrical unit with stressed-stressed-unstressed syllables


In poetic meter, a trochee , choree, or choreus, is a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one, in English, or a heavy syllable followed by a light one in Latin or Greek. In this respect, a trochee is the reverse of an iamb.

The adjective form is trochaic.

Usage examples of "trochee".

It made no use of the traditional stress-patterned metrics he knew so well, the iambs and trochees and dactyls, the spondees and anapests, out of which Furvain had always built his poems with such swiftness and ease.

It is a decasyllabic line, with a trochee substituted for an iambus in the third foot--Around : me gleamed : many a : bright se : pulchre.

Homage was paid to it in iambi and trochees, in trisyllabic feet, Buchnerian dactyls, and alexandrines, with metathesis, alliteration, internal rhymes, and nimble improvisations.