rhyme

1 of 2

noun

variants or less commonly rime
1
a(1)
: rhyming verse
(2)
: poetry
b
: a composition in verse that rhymes
2
a
: correspondence in terminal sounds of units of composition or utterance (such as two or more words or lines of verse)
b
: one of two or more words thus corresponding in sound
c
: correspondence of other than terminal word sounds: such as
(1)
3
rhymeless adjective

rhyme

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verb

variants or less commonly rime
rhymed also rimed; rhyming also riming

transitive verb

1
: to relate or praise in rhyming verse
2
a
: to put into rhyme
b
: to compose (verse) in rhyme
c
: to cause to rhyme : use as rhyme

intransitive verb

1
: to make rhymes
also : to compose rhyming verse
2
of a word or verse : to end in syllables that are rhymes
3
: to be in accord : harmonize
rhymer noun

Example Sentences

Noun She used “moon” as a rhyme for “June.” He couldn't think of a rhyme for “orange.” They're learning about meter and rhyme. Verb Please find the two lines that rhyme. She rhymed “moon” with “June.”
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This sacred communal knowledge, along with other ephemera of youth—the blueprints for a cootie catcher, the words to a jump-rope rhyme, the rhythm of a clapping game—is central to the experience of being a kid. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 Instead of with his brothers in rhyme Sheek Louch and Styles P, the Yonkers native is collaborating with his father Bob Phillips and his son Jaewon Phillips. Essence, 21 Oct. 2022 Lansbury reached back to nineteenth-century genres such as the British music hall and Grand Guignol and adapted them to Sondheim’s punishingly complex score, nailing every double entendre and triple-axel rhyme. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2022 Can English verse with rhyme get at its dizzying asymmetries, the lopsidedness of a place that is at once home to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the county with one of the highest poverty rates in the US? Anahid Nersessian, The New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2022 Using rhyme as his medium for expression, the Concrete Cowboy co-star wrestles with a strong sense of self amid the pressures of fame and fortune. Marjua Estevez, refinery29.com, 4 Oct. 2022 Just like in the the 1934 version, storybook characters like Mother Goose, Tom Piper and Little Boy Blue get mixed up in nursery-rhyme antics that end in a march of toy soldiers that puts any Nutcracker display to shame. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 27 Sep. 2022 My Hollywood a colorful assortment of poems (sonnets, ballads, villanelles) and translations mostly in rhyme. Anahid Nersessian, The New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2022 The beat stopped for a second, and then resumed, so that Fivio could think of the next rhyme. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022
Verb
Listen to the first three Chili Peppers albums in quick succession, and your thoughts will rhyme for a week. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 The respective powerhouses did more than give Symba a co-sign — LeBron included Symba on his Space Jam 2 soundtrack, and Dre worked with West Coast rhyme slinger on his new project. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 15 Sep. 2022 Any chance that proposed guest's name might rhyme with Pakota Dohnson? Brendan Morrow, The Week, 16 Sep. 2022 His actions rhyme with those of other conservative legislators and school board officials across the country attempting to undermine instruction about identity. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 28 Aug. 2022 There’s a reason most naturalists don’t try to teach that rhyme as a way to distinguish the venomous coral snake from the non-venomous scarlet kingsnake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 15 Aug. 2022 Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick rhyme with one another, as do Lines 3 and 4. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 Last year, Hit-Boy netted a Grammy after helming Nas’ lauded album King’s Disease and has since worked with the Queens rhyme slinger on the project’s sequel King’s Disease 2 and Magic. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Willie D, a 21-year-old Golden Gloves champ raised by two alcoholic and abusive parents in the Fifth Ward, and known to fight audience members at open mics, was signed on sight, told to act monstrous and rhyme reckless. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English rime, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhyme was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

rhyme 1 of 2

noun

variants also rime
ˈrīm
1
a
: close similarity in the final sounds of two or more words or lines of verse
b
: one of two or more words having this similarity in sound
2
a
: rhyming verse
b
: a composition in verse that rhymes

rhyme

2 of 2

verb

variants also rime
rhymed also rimed; rhyming also riming
1
a
: to make rhymes : put into rhyme
b
: to compose rhyming verse
2
: to end in syllables that rhyme
3
: to cause to rhyme : use as rhyme
rhymed "moon" with "June"
rhymer noun

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