Definition of iamb in US English:



  • A metrical foot consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable.

    • ‘Looking first for iambs seemed an excellent centring and calming technique.’
    • ‘What good do you do anyone by writing verses, getting cash for silly slanders, peddling iambs as a huckster peddles trash?’
    • ‘So I know if the language has iambs or trochees, right from the start.’
    • ‘Jim found that he had a talent for thinking in iambs, for coming up with rhymes.’
    • ‘Thus in the last stanza quoted, after the surge of anapaests in the first two lines, spondees, dactyls, and iambs begin to appear.’