Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having an acute accent on the next to last syllable. Used of some words in Greek and certain Romance languages, such as French and Portuguese.
  • noun A paroxytone word.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To write or pronounce with an acute accent on the penultimate: as, to paroxytone a word.
  • In Gr. grammar, having, or characterized by, an acute accent on the penultimate syllable.
  • noun In Gr. grammar, a word which has an acute accent on the penultimate syllable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gr. Gram.) A word having an acute accent on the penultimate syllable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a word Having the stress or accent on the penultimate syllable.
  • noun A paroxytone word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun word having stress or acute accent on the next to last syllable

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek paroxutonos : para-, beside; see para– + oxutonos, oxytone; see oxytone.]

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From Ancient Greek παροξύτονος (paroksutonos, "paroxytone"), from παρά (para, "beyond, next to") + ὀξύτονος (oksutonos, "oxytone"), from ὀξύς (oksus, "sharp, acute") + τόνος (tonos, "pitch, accent").

Examples

  • I suspect that ειθε is paroxytone and γενοιμην is properispomenon but those are total guesses.

    languagehat.com: A PLATE OF GREEK.

  • And all hearts were touched and turned to her voice, shining like a young star, shining clearer as the voice intoned the pro-paroxytone and more faintly as the cadence died.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • In both these sequences the end of all the strophes is paroxytone.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • If anybody giggles when you say it as a paroxytone, that's their problem, not yours.

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  • If anybody giggles when you say it as a paroxytone, that's their problem, not yours.

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  • PHONOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES - WORD STRESS Words in Portuguese are predominantly paroxytone, and when they are one of the other two options, often there is an accent to indicate so.

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  • PHONOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES - WORD STRESS Words in Portuguese are predominantly paroxytone, and when they are one of the other two options, often there is an accent to indicate so.

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  • JM met a paroxytone with a cute accent.

    May 11, 2011