- identity in sound of some part, especially the end, of words or lines of verse.
- a word agreeing with another in terminal sound: Find is a rhyme for mind and womankind.
- verse or poetry having correspondence in the terminal sounds of the lines.
- a poem or piece of verse having such correspondence.
- verse(def 4).
- to treat in rhyme, as a subject; turn into rhyme, as something in prose.
- to compose (verse or the like) in metrical form with rhymes.
- to use (a word) as a rhyme to another word; use (words) as rhymes.
- to make rhyme or verse; versify.
- to use rhyme in writing verse.
- to form a rhyme, as one word or line with another: a word that rhymes with orange.
- to be composed in metrical form with rhymes, as verse: poetry that rhymes.
- rhyme or reason, logic, sense, or plan: There was no rhyme or reason for what they did.
Origin of rhyme
Examples from the Web for rhyme
So too, without the benefit of a rhyme, is "fix it, don't repeal it."Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
March 17, 2014
Like, “Yeah this will be crazy to rhyme on alright lets loop it up.”Action Bronson Isn’t Your Typical Rapper
January 3, 2014
Bruni told NPR last summer that she changed the name because it was easier to rhyme.The Gunslinger of Rue Miromesnil
December 23, 2013
While it may “rhyme” a bit, Syria has its own particular dynamics.Why We Must Intervene in Syria, a Veteran Makes the Case
Mark R. Jacobson
September 10, 2013
All you need to do is be able to rhyme “cat” and “hat,” and you can become an MC.CeeLo and Goodie Mob on Their Comeback, Kanye West’s ‘Emotional Problems,’ More
August 13, 2013
One of these was "Ole Chariot," perhaps as a rhyme to the name by which they called her.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Well, since rhyming's been my ruin, let me rhyme to the bitter end.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
He confessed to me that he was apt to go astray when intent on rhyme.Biographical Sketches
It was ridiculous, the amount of time she gave to that baby—out of all rhyme and reason.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
You should get your gowns to rhyme with your husband's suits.The Incomplete Amorist
- identity of the terminal sounds in lines of verse or in words
- a word that is identical to another in its terminal sound``while'' is a rhyme for ``mile''
- a verse or piece of poetry having corresponding sounds at the ends of the linesthe boy made up a rhyme about his teacher
- any verse or piece of poetry
- rhyme or reason sense, logic, or meaningthis proposal has no rhyme or reason
- to use (a word) or (of a word) to be used so as to form a rhyme; be or make identical in sound
- to render (a subject) into rhyme
- to compose (verse) in a metrical structure
Word Origin and History for rhyme
"agreement in terminal sounds," 1560s, partially restored spelling, from Middle English ryme, rime (c.1200) "measure, meter, rhythm," later "rhymed verse" (mid-13c.), from Old French rime (fem.), related to Old Provençal rim (masc.), earlier *ritme, from Latin rithmus, from Greek rhythmos "measured motion, time, proportion" (see rhythm).
In Medieval Latin, rithmus was used for accentual, as opposed to quantitative, verse, and accentual verse usually was rhymed, hence the sense shift. Persistence of older form is due to popular association with Old English rim "number," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (see read (v.)). Phrase rhyme or reason "good sense" (chiefly used in the negative) is from late 15c. (see reason (n.)). Rhyme scheme is attested from 1931. Rhyme royal (1841) is a stanza of seven 10-syllable lines rhymed a-b-a-b-b-c-c.
"make verses, make rhymes," c.1300, rimen, from Old French rimer, from rime "verse" (see rhyme (n.)). Attested 1670s (of words) in sense "to have the same end sound." Modern spelling is from 1650s, by influence of rhythm. Related: Rhymed; rhyming. The phrase rhyming slang is attested from 1859.
A similarity of sound between words, such as moon, spoon, croon, tune, and June. Rhyme is often employed in verse.