Etymology
Advertisement

penult (adj.)

"last but one," 1530s, abbreviation of penultima. As a noun from 1570s as "last day but one of a month;" grammatical sense of "last syllable but one of a word" is by 1828.

updated on March 21, 2020

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of penult from WordNet

penult (n.)
the next to last syllable in a word;
Synonyms: penultima / penultimate
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.