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nursery rhyme
rhyming slang
Nursery rhymes A good nursery rhyme idea is Humpty Dumpty.
▪ They listen to stories, memorize nursery rhymes, look at picture books and gain other experiences that prepare them to read.
▪ More than 40 children aged between three and five turned up as their favourite nursery rhyme or story book characters.
▪ Among the lessons: Know your colors, shapes and nursery rhymes.
▪ He was, incidentally, the only applicant who hadn't named the drink St Clements, from the nursery rhyme.
▪ Quaint nursery rhymes defiled by crashing noise nightmares?
▪ This is a good idea for a nursery rhyme party where the eggs can represent Humpty Dumpty.
▪ The first team chooses a nursery rhyme and they all sing it together.
nonsense poems/verse/rhymes
▪ Which artist was famous for his nonsense rhymes? 09.
▪ Anyway, in each ditty the name of the country was used to finish a rhyme.
▪ Encouraging literature, he organized poetry contests in which candidates improvised rhymes in response to his own verses.
▪ He was, incidentally, the only applicant who hadn't named the drink St Clements, from the nursery rhyme.
▪ Ich liebe dich: a late-night, cigarette-voiced whisper, with that happy rhyme of subject and object.
▪ The poem has three sections corresponding to the changes of rhyme, but with a peculiarity in the middle section.
▪ There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the colors.
▪ They listen to stories, memorize nursery rhymes, look at picture books and gain other experiences that prepare them to read.
▪ Thus ran the old rhyme, extolling the produce of the Bunnhouse, situated between Union and Westbourne Streets.
▪ Anne: In cockney rhyming slang what is tomfoolery?
▪ Consistently, Owen rhymes the last two words in the fifth and seventh lines of each stanza, which is very effective.
▪ These lines are short and do not rhyme.
▪ Veteran readers of Ireland's Saturday Night can still rhyme off the contributors who used to grace its pages.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rhyme \Rhyme\, n. [OE. ryme, rime, AS. r[=i]m number; akin to OHG. r[=i]m number, succession, series, G. reim rhyme. The modern sense is due to the influence of F. rime, which is of German origin, and originally the same word.] [The Old English spelling rime is becoming again common. See Note under Prime.]

  1. An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language. ``Railing rhymes.''

    A ryme I learned long ago.

    He knew Himself to sing, and build the lofty rime.

  2. (Pros.) Correspondence of sound in the terminating words or syllables of two or more verses, one succeeding another immediately or at no great distance. The words or syllables so used must not begin with the same consonant, or if one begins with a vowel the other must begin with a consonant. The vowel sounds and accents must be the same, as also the sounds of the final consonants if there be any.

    For rhyme with reason may dispense, And sound has right to govern sense.

  3. Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes.

  4. A word answering in sound to another word.

    Female rhyme. See under Female.

    Male rhyme. See under Male.

    Rhyme or reason, sound or sense.

    Rhyme royal (Pros.), a stanza of seven decasyllabic verses, of which the first and third, the second, fourth, and fifth, and the sixth and seventh rhyme.


Rhyme \Rhyme\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rhymed;p. pr. & vb. n. Rhyming.] [OE. rimen, rymen, AS. r[=i]man to count: cf. F. rimer to rhyme. See Rhyme, n.]

  1. To make rhymes, or verses. ``Thou shalt no longer ryme.''

    There marched the bard and blockhead, side by side, Who rhymed for hire, and patronized for pride.

  2. To accord in rhyme or sound.

    And, if they rhymed and rattled, all was well.


Rhyme \Rhyme\, v. t.

  1. To put into rhyme.
    --Sir T. Wilson.

  2. To influence by rhyme.

    Hearken to a verser, who may chance Rhyme thee to good.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"make verses, make rhymes," c.1300, rimen, from Old French rimer, from rime "verse" (see rhyme (n.)). Attested 1670s (of words) in sense "to have the same end sound." Modern spelling is from 1650s, by influence of rhythm. Related: Rhymed; rhyming. The phrase rhyming slang is attested from 1859.


"agreement in terminal sounds," 1560s, partially restored spelling, from Middle English ryme, rime (c.1200) "measure, meter, rhythm," later "rhymed verse" (mid-13c.), from Old French rime (fem.), related to Old Provençal rim (masc.), earlier *ritme, from Latin rithmus, from Greek rhythmos "measured motion, time, proportion" (see rhythm).\n

\nIn Medieval Latin, rithmus was used for accentual, as opposed to quantitative, verse, and accentual verse usually was rhymed, hence the sense shift. Persistence of older form is due to popular association with Old English rim "number," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (see read (v.)). Phrase rhyme or reason "good sense" (chiefly used in the negative) is from late 15c. (see reason (n.)). Rhyme scheme is attested from 1931. Rhyme royal (1841) is a stanza of seven 10-syllable lines rhymed a-b-a-b-b-c-c.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) number. 2 (context countable uncountable English) Rhyming verse (poetic form) 3 A thought expressed in verse; a verse; a poem; a tale told in verse. 4 (context countable English) A word that rhymes with another. 5 # (context countable in particular English) A word that rhymes with another, in that it is pronounced identically with the other word from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end. 6 (context uncountable English) Rhyming: sameness of sound of part of some words. 7 (context countable uncountable English) Rhyming verse (poetic form). 8 (context linguistics English) '''rime#Etymology 2''' vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To number; count; reckon. 2 (context ambitransitive English) To compose or treat in verse; versify. 3 (context transitive followed by '''with''' English) Of a word, to be pronounced identically with another from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end. 4 (context reciprocal English) Of two or more words, to be pronounced identically from the vowel in the stressed syllable of each to the end of each. 5 (context transitive English) To put words together so that they rhyme.

  1. n. correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds) [syn: rime]

  2. a piece of poetry [syn: verse]

  1. v. compose rhymes [syn: rime]

  2. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable; "hat and cat rhyme" [syn: rime]


A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds (or the same sound) in two or more words, most often in the final syllables of lines in poems and songs. The word rhyme is also a pars pro toto ("a part (taken) for the whole") that means a short poem, such as a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes.

Rhyme (disambiguation)

Rhyme is a form of poetry or speech.

Rhyme or Rhymes may refer to:

  • Rhymes (surname)
  • "Rhymes", song by The Goons With The Wormwood Scrubs Screws Orchestra
  • Rhymes Punch (band) Charles D. Merriam, Anne Herring
  • HTC Rhyme

Usage examples of "rhyme".

Whig, and it is ten to one if the talk turn not upon the turning of alcaics, or the contest between blank verse or rhyme.

More locks, more tools, rough chunks of metal and wood, and a number of devices whose uses Alec could not guess were mixed indiscriminately among masks, carvings, musical instruments of all descriptions, animal skulls, dried plants, fine pottery, glittering crystals-there was no rhyme or reason apparent in the arrangement.

Mountains Woman Rosabel Thy Tyrant Sway A Hero of the Revolution Rhyme and Reason: An Apologue Starlight Recollections Wearies My Love of My Letters?

Rigged to an ECUan environmental-control unitthat Rhyme could manipulate with his one working finger, the device used a rubber armature to turn pages of books.

Rhyme could manipulate with his one working finger, the device used a rubber armature to turn pages of books.

I would fain tickle his long ears with ribald rhyme, and hearken to the barbarous braying forth of his asinine reflections!

Amery and young Ian had managed to break their fast without covering themselves and each other with foodstuffs, and Baldric had found his last rhyme without any aid.

I awoke in an active mood, and began to write a letter to Voltaire in blank verse, which cost me four times the pains that rhymed verses would have done.

The Nurembergers, Birken in the lead, were soon obliging with pastoral rhymes.

The man who had sent the book had added a second verse to the nursery rhyme on the bookmarked page.

For all that, Marvell has excelled himself with his verse though I have chid him for some ugly rhyming and the childlike brickbats it does cast against the art of painting.

And his songs shall fill all climes, And the rebels shall rise and march again Down the lines of his glorious rhymes.

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Lincoln Rhyme and his Storm Arrow wheelchair, two sweating ESU officers carried their burden up the stairs into the building and deposited the criminalist in the lobby.

Lincoln Rhyme without a word and scurried about to deposit the bags and stacks of pictures as the criminalist gruffly directed.