Entry from US English dictionary
Rhyming in which the words sound the same but do not rhyme perfectly. Also called off rhyme.
- This is a near rhyme for another word which uses the same Arabic letters.
- On the other hand, Southern and Midland American English add a vowel not used elsewhere in words like loft which results in a near rhyme with lout.
- We talked to the students again about ‘forced rhyming’ and ‘near rhymes,’ then asked them to continue their rhyming list (in a different colored marker) by adding forced-and near-rhymes.
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Syllabification: near rhyme
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