limerick

noun lim·er·ick \ ˈli-mə-rik , ˈlim-rik \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of limerick

Limerick, Ireland


Limerick

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

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

LIMERICK Defined for English Language Learners

limerick

noun

Definition of limerick for English Language Learners

  • : a humorous rhyming poem of five lines


LIMERICK Defined for Kids

limerick

noun lim·er·ick \ ˈli-mə-rik \

Definition of limerick for Students

: a funny poem with five lines


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