American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Linguistics Not stressed or accented: an unstressed syllable.
- adj. Not exposed or subjected to stress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not pronounced with stress, as a vowel; unaccented.
- adj. not bearing a stress or accent
- un- + stressed (Wiktionary)
“Easy winters and plentiful food result in unstressed bucks that tend to hold antlers longer.”
“Gabe dw: I only have a weak separation between [ɪ] and [ə] in unstressed syllables, so have trouble telling them apart.”
“If man is a stressed syllable, the word feels less neutral than if man is an unstressed syllable (spokesMAN vs. SPOKESman).”
“I have to admit that congressperson has always sounded very strange to me, so I still do occasionally use congressman in generic cases, but I do so with a very unstressed final syllable.”
“Unlike English, which usually reduces unstressed vowels to "uh", Spanish pronounces all vowels, stressed or not, very clearly.”
“Who knew, for instance, that iambs an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one make feminine-sounding names, such as Chanel, while the reverse—called a trochee—has the masculine sound of Black & Decker?”
“At 9: 47, my friend entered the restaurant, apologizing profusely but looking strikingly unstressed.”
“I have the World Cup jersey, I have the Belgium jersey, so I can go unstressed to worlds.”
“What's new about "Midnight in Paris"—about its cheerful shallows along with its unstressed depths—is the lovely unseriousness of the whole venture.”
“And, as a corollory, prepositional verbs simply follow the (unstressed) preposition pattern:”
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