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limerick1

Line breaks: lim|er¦ick
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪm(ə)rɪk
 
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noun

A humorous five-line poem with a rhyme scheme aabba.
Example sentences
  • Verbal abuse and insulting ditties, ballads, limericks, and other doggerel had long been directed at the monarch, his ministers, close family, and mistresses as well as at the elites of the kingdom by their social inferiors.
  • I curled up with Nash's couplets, quatrains, limericks and occasional jeremiads.
  • Please compose a poem, limerick or any other rhyming prose of your choice. It must be at least 3 verses long and start with the words.

Origin

late 19th century: said to be from the chorus ‘will you come up to Limerick?’, sung between improvised verses at a gathering.

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  • The city of Limerick, on the River Shannon in the west of the Irish province of Munster, gets its name for the Irish for ‘bare patch of ground’. In a country famous for its crack, or enjoyable sociability, tradition has it that in the past it was the custom for people to improvize a piece of nonsense verse. The audience would then follow every performance with a chorus containing the words ‘Will you come up to Limerick?’ Through this the town gave its name to the humorous five-line poem made particularly popular by Edward Lear in A Book of Nonsense ( 1845).

Words that rhyme with limerick

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Limerick2

Line breaks: Lim|er¦ick
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪmərɪk
 
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1A county of the Republic of Ireland, in the west of the province of Munster.
1.1The county town of Limerick, on the River Shannon; population 52,539 (2006).

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