syllable

noun
ADJECTIVE
first, second, third, etc.
final, last
middle
accented, stressed, strong
unstressed, weak
long, short
single
nonsense

nonsense syllables such as ‘fa-la’.

VERB + SYLLABLE
consist of, contain, have

words that have three or more syllables

pronounce
utter

Before I could utter a single syllable, she held up one warning finger.

He has never uttered a single syllable about this subject

accent, draw out, stress

We stress the second syllable of the word.

PHRASES
syllable in, syllable of

the final syllable of ‘Oregon’

PHRASES
stress falls on a syllable, stress is on a syllable

Normally the stress falls on the first syllable of a word.

a word of one, two, etc. syllables

You'll have to spell it out to him, using words of one syllable (= explain it in simple language).


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