American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A composer of sonnets.
- n. An inferior poet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A composer of sonnets or small poems: usually with a touch of contempt.
- To compose sonnets; rime.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A composer of sonnets, or small poems; a small poet; -- usually in contempt.
- v. To compose sonnets.
- n. a poet who writes sonnets
- From sonnet + -eer (Wiktionary)
“We all know Michelangelo as painter, sculptor, sonneteer and, lately, gay role model.”
“The bookseller knows that most persons keeping houses are desirous of small libraries, and require abridgments and new tables, orders an abridgment of the history of Rapin Thoyras, or of the church; a collection of bon mots from the Menagiana, or a dictionary of great men, in which some obscure pedant is placed by the side of Cicero, and a sonneteer of Italy as near as possible to Virgil.”
“Here, perhaps, is that quotation of Seamus Heaney in context: Auden was an epoch-making poet on public themes, the register of a new sensibility, a great sonneteer, a writer of perfect light verse, a prospector of language at its most illiterate roots and a dandy of lexicography at its most extravagant reaches.”
“At that point, turning his thought around with the functional word 'Yet', the sonneteer finds consolation in friendship.”
“Lowell is too elastic, impulsive, for a sonneteer.”
“Charlotte Smith, the sonneteer and novelist, was the daughter of”
“The conceit of the sonneteer is that the fever is an enemy luxuriously lodged in the lovely person of its victim, and there insidiously plotting against her life: --”
“He has been most successful in classical travesties and witty turns of language, and he has won a good place as a sonneteer.”
“On the contrary, the greatness of a lover's passion seemed to increase in proportion to the magnitude of its object, and a voluminous damsel, arrayed in a dozen of petticoats, was declared by a Low Dutch sonneteer of the province to be radiant as a sunflower and luxuriant as a full-blown cabbage.”
“Paul Hayne had won already the hearts of his own readers; and had gained transatlantic meed, in Tennyson's declaration that he was "the sonneteer of America!”
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