Definition of limerick
: 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
Recent Examples of limerick from the Web
No small children have been rugby-tackled, and no prize-winning limericks have been penned about Turkey's President Erdoğan having sex with a goat.
Most people know the limerick’s rigid meter and rhyme scheme—the first, second and fifth lines should rhyme with each other, as should the shorter third and fourth lines.
An editor read through submissions for a St. Patrick’s Day limerick contest.
A limerick by Zoot: There once was a sneaky cat This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links.
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Origin and Etymology of limerick
First Known Use: 1895See Words from the same year
Definition of Limerick
1 county of southwestern Ireland in Munster area 1037 square miles (2696 square kilometers), population 191,809
2 city and port on the Shannon River in southwestern Ireland population 57,106 ◆The city of Limerick is the capital of the county of Limerick.
LIMERICK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of limerick for English Language Learners
: a humorous rhyming poem of five lines
LIMERICK Defined for Kids
Definition of limerick for Students
: a funny poem with five lines
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