limerick

noun
lim·​er·​ick | \ ˈli-mə-rik How to pronounce limerick (audio) , ˈlim-rik \

Definition of limerick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Limerick

geographical name
Lim·​er·​ick | \ ˈli-mə-rik How to pronounce Limerick (audio) , ˈlim-rik \

Definition of Limerick (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Note: The city of Limerick is the capital of the county of Limerick.

Examples of limerick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The title doesn’t have to appear within the limerick itself. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Write a limerick featuring a word starting with he-. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of limerick

Noun

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limerick

Noun

Limerick, Ireland

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“Limerick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limerick. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for limerick

limerick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of limerick

: a humorous rhyming poem of five lines

limerick

noun
lim·​er·​ick | \ ˈli-mə-rik How to pronounce limerick (audio) \

Kids Definition of limerick

: a funny poem with five lines

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