choriamb [kawr-ee-amb, -am, kohr-] Word Origin noun Prosody.
- a foot of four syllables, two short between two long or two unstressed between two stressed.
Origin of choriamb First recorded in 1835–45; short for choriambus Related formscho·ri·am·bic, adjective British Dictionary definitions for choriamb choriamb choriambus (ˌkɒrɪˈæmbəs) noun plural -ambs or -ambi (-ˈæmbaɪ)
- prosody a metrical foot used in classical verse consisting of four syllables, two short ones between two long ones (– ◡ ◡ –)
Derived Formschoriambic, adjectiveWord Origin for choriamb C19: from Late Latin choriambus, from Greek khoriambos, from khoreios trochee, of a chorus, from khoros chorus