Definition of weak ending in English:

weak ending


  • An unstressed syllable in a place at the end of a line of verse that normally receives a stress.

    • ‘One of Shakespeare's most famous lines of iambic pentameter has a weak ending: ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’.’
    • ‘Normally the second syllable of the fifth foot is a stressed syllable, except in the case of the weak ending, discussed in the next section.’