dissyllable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dissyllable a word having two syllables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dissyllable A word of two syllables; as, pa-per.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dissyllable A word consisting of two syllables only, as paper, whiteness, virtue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dissyllable dis-sil′a-bl a word of only two syllables
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dissyllabe, L. disyllabus, adj., of two syllables, fr. Gr. ; di- = di`s- twice + syllable. See Syllable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L. from Gr. di-, twice, syllabē, a syllable.

Usage

In literature:

Sometimes he repeats the second dissyllable, making six notes in all.
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
The radical words, mostly monosyllables or dissyllables, are estimated at 1973.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 5" by Robert Kerr
Dissyllables formed by prefixing a syllable to the radical word, have commonly the accent on the latter; as to beget, to beseem, to bestow.
"A Grammar of the English Tongue" by Samuel Johnson
A dissyllable or trisyllable precedes the caesura.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
The reason is evident: our language abounds in monosyllables and dissyllables.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
His 'yes' was on two notes and became a dissyllable.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Cales (13), pronounced as a dissyllable, is of course Cadiz.
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
What proportion of Macaulay's words in Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 are monosyllables and dissyllables?
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
In the unstressed forms of dissyllables, as adv.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
Where we are rightly told that 'year' may be a dissyllable.
"The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]" by William Shakespeare
The following dissyllables seem to have formed their genitive like monosyllables, and then suffered a contraction.
"Elements of Gaelic Grammar" by Alexander Stewart
Clones, which must be pronounced as a dissyllable, is a city set upon a hill which cannot be hid.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
ACHES, formerly a dissyllable; examples from Swift, Hudibras, and Shakespeare; John Kemble's use of the word, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Huerdan, i. e. Ireland, pronounced, in the Poem, as a dissyllable.
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
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