limerick

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noun lim·er·ick \ˈli-mə-rik, ˈlim-rik\

Definition of limerick

  1. :  a light or humorous verse form of five chiefly anapestic verses of which lines 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet and lines 3 and 4 are of two feet with a rhyme scheme of aabba

Origin and Etymology of limerick

Limerick, Ireland


First Known Use: 1896


Limerick

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geographical name Lim·er·ick \ˈli-mə-rik, ˈlim-rik\

Definition of Limerick

  1. 1 county SW Ireland in Munster area 1037 square miles (2696 square kilometers), pop 175,304

  2. 2 city & port, its ∗, on the Shannon pop 54,023


LIMERICK Defined for English Language Learners

limerick

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noun lim·er·ick \ˈli-mə-rik, ˈlim-rik\

Definition of limerick for English Language Learners

  • : a humorous rhyming poem of five lines


LIMERICK Defined for Kids

limerick

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noun lim·er·ick \ˈli-mə-rik\

Definition of limerick for Students

  1. :  a funny poem with five lines


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