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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