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


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 On the show Margaret engages in a round of dirty-limerick reciting with the U.S. president, which may not have happened in real life but certainly makes a good story. Emma Specter, Vogue, "11 of the Best Moments From The Crown Season 3," 18 Nov. 2019 The show depicts the event as a loose, boozy affair featuring singing, dancing and the recitation of dirty limericks. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'The Crown' season three: Did Princess Margaret really party with LBJ?," 17 Nov. 2019 John enjoyed reciting limericks, gardening and watching his children and grandchildren play sports., "John W. Isleib Sr.," 3 Dec. 2019 The affair is a glitzy one, ending in drinking games and dirty limericks. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Story of Princess Margaret's Evening with Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House," 18 Nov. 2019 Princess Margaret trading dirty limericks with President Lyndon B. Johnson Helena Bonham Carter is a bright spot in this stellar season, playing an adult incarnation of Princess Margaret. Emma Specter, Vogue, "11 of the Best Moments From The Crown Season 3," 18 Nov. 2019 Joe Orlando of Mesa wrote this winning limerick: The haboob blows through here each year. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "This is why dust storms are called 'haboobs' in Arizona," 10 July 2018 Boyd writes that an appellate judge hearing the case stopped taking notes and wrote a limerick about the cheeky swimmer: Who can surpass the snail darter? Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 This comes in addition to a number of pre-existing Star Wars trivia already functioning embedded in the tech, from asking for a Star Wars limerick to getting Alexa to speak like Yoda instead of its soothing regular voice. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Now Your Alexa Will Respond to Even More Star Wars Commands for May the Fourth," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of limerick


1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limerick


Limerick, Ireland

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“Limerick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of limerick

: a humorous rhyming poem of five lines


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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