Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Correspondence of terminal sounds of words or of lines of verse.
  • n. A poem or verse having a regular correspondence of sounds, especially at the ends of lines.
  • n. Poetry or verse of this kind.
  • n. A word that corresponds with another in terminal sound, as behold and cold.
  • intransitive v. To form a rhyme.
  • intransitive v. To compose rhymes or verse.
  • intransitive v. To make use of rhymes in composing verse.
  • transitive v. To put into rhyme or compose with rhymes.
  • transitive v. To use (a word or words) as a rhyme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Number.
  • n. Rhyming verse (poetic form)
  • n. A thought expressed in verse; a verse; a poem; a tale told in verse.
  • n. A word that rhymes with another.
  • n. Rhyming: sameness of sound of part of some words.
  • n. Rhyming verse (poetic form).
  • n. rime
  • v. To number; count; reckon.
  • v. To compose or treat in verse; versify.
  • v. Of a word, to be pronounced identically with another from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end.
  • v. Of two or more words, to be pronounced identically from the vowel in the stressed syllable of each to the end of each.
  • v. To put words together so that they rhyme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes.
  • n. A word answering in sound to another word.
  • intransitive v. To make rhymes, or verses.
  • intransitive v. To accord in rhyme or sound.
  • transitive v. To put into rhyme.
  • transitive v. To influence by rhyme.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See rime, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
  • n. correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
  • n. a piece of poetry
  • v. compose rhymes

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by rhythm) of Middle English rime, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Verse without rhyme, is a body without a soul, (for the “chief life consisteth in the rhyme”) or a bell without a clapper; which, in strictness, is no bell, as being neither of use nor delight.

    A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet

  • Why, for instance, Riordan has his characters speak in rhyme is never satisfactorily revealed.

    Solas Nua's first musical, the loopy 'Improbable Frequency'

  • I appreciate the implication that these small couplets are the only inoculation against certain death that kids have in their defensive arsenal -- and that the rhyme is a lesson hard-learned, acquired from the corpses of generations.

    Dead Silence

  • For example, “Crambo” is of extraordinary use to good rhyming, and rhyming is what I have ever accounted the very essential of a good poet: And in that notion I am not singular; for the aforesaid Sir Philip Sidney has declared, “That the chief life of modern versifying, consisteth in the like sounding of words, which we call rhyme, ” which is an authority, either without exception, or above any reply.

    A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet

  • Shangil Tobaya "mean" flip a brick, "and the popular rhyme translates as" flip a brick, you will find gold. "

    Doctors Without Borders

  • I therefore look forward allready to Spring, And if that invalluable Lady named Hope had not allready been throng'd and pesterd, nay allmost suffocated with addresses and Sonnets I would talk over my feelings in rhyme to her.

    Letter 246

  • I find a rhyme is rather lonely without a picture.

    J.otto Seibold: Mother Goose Meet 'Other Goose': 7 Classic Nursery Rhymes Re-Imagined (PHOTOS)

  • As for writing poetry, I ask my poor students to experiment with a variety of poetic techniques for creating music with words, and that includes writing in rhyme and meter.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Interview with Dashka Slater, part 2

  • I think the best thing for me about this catchy rhyme is that now when I get frustrated at airports (which always happens) I can sing and everything will at least seem all right for those few seconds!

    Visa check, Visa check, check-in man

  • I was also told (over and over) that I should not be writing my stories in rhyme, because no one was going to be interested in those subjects in rhyme.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » INTERVIEW: Verla Kay, Part 1

Comments

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  • My rhymes no longer shall stand arrayed
    Like Prussian soldiers on parade
    That march,
    Stiff as starch,
    Foot to foot,
    Boot to boot,
    Blade to blade,
    Button to button,
    Cheeks and chops and chins like mutton.

    - Robert Graves, 'Free Verse'.

    September 8, 2009

  • I saw this article cited in several places, but I think it's just for monosyllabic words: Fry, Edward. "The Most Common Phonograms." The Reading Teacher, Vol. 51, No. 7, April, 1998. Also, p. 33 of this title on Google Books has a shorter frequency chart based on Fry.

    April 1, 2008

  • Thanks rt. That's what I mean - phonograms - but someone must have some numbers on this!

    April 1, 2008

  • No, yarb, but I suspect the most uncommon word-end-sound is probably '-ongry'!

    April 1, 2008

  • Heehee. Yarb, is this along the lines of what you're looking for?

    April 1, 2008

  • It's gotta be "ucket." As in, "There once was a man from Nantucket..."

    April 1, 2008

  • Does anyone know what the most common rhyme in Engish is? I.e. which word-end-sound (there must be a technical term) ends most words?

    (Excluding suffix-style endings like "-ation" and "-ology).

    April 1, 2008