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A spondee is a metrical unit of a poetic foot in poetry which is made up of two stressed (accented) syllables.[1] Lines of verse that are predominantly made up of spondees are referred to as spondaic. For instance, a line consisting of five sets of spondees would be considered to be in spondaic pentameter.

Some examples of spondaic words are:

  • Football
  • Dumbbell
  • Childhood
  • Shortcake[2]


  1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondee
  2. http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Examples%20of%20iambs.pdf