unstressed

An unstressed syllable is the part of the word that you don't emphasize or accent, like the to- in today, or the -day in Sunday. An unstressed person is someone for whom every day feels like Sunday.

When you pronounce a word with multiple syllables, like avocado (to choose a random example), you put more pressure on some syllables than others — in this case, the ah and the cah. Consider those syllables stressed. If they were people, they'd be biting their nails and pulling out their hair while sitting at a desk piled with paperwork. The vo and the do, on the other hand, would be unstressed — lounging with their feet on the desk, doing crossword puzzles.

Definitions of unstressed
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adj not bearing a stress or accent

“short vowels are unstressed
Synonyms:
feminine
(music or poetry) ending on an unaccented beat or syllable
light, unaccented, weak
(used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
unemphatic
not emphasized
Antonyms:
accented, stressed
bearing a stress or accent
emphasised, emphasized, emphatic
spoken with emphasis
masculine
(music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable
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