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[rahym] /raɪm/
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).
verb (used with object), rhymed, rhyming.
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.
verb (used without object), rhymed, rhyming.
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
1250-1300; Middle English rime < Old French, derivative of rimer to rhyme < Gallo-Romance *rimāre to put in a row ≪ Old High German rīm series, row; probably not connected with Latin rhythmus rhythm, although current spelling (from c1600) apparently by association with this word
Related forms
rhymer, noun
interrhyme, verb (used without object), interrhymed, interrhyming.
misrhymed, adjective
nonrhyme, noun
nonrhymed, adjective
nonrhyming, adjective
outrhyme, verb (used with object), outrhymed, outrhyming.
unrhyme, verb (used with object), unrhymed, unrhyming.
well-rhymed, adjective
Can be confused
rhyme, rhythm. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rhymer
Historical Examples
  • rhymer gave the word to shove off, and the boat pulled away from the bank.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
  • He himself describes them as "Prose Recreations of a rhymer."

  • On turning a corner into a by-street that bore the proud name of Fairfax, we came suddenly upon Jimmy the rhymer.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • In the old days there was another character in most villages; this was the rhymer.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Thomas was known as Thomas the rhymer because of the wonderful songs he sang.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
  • “Slaves, to be sure; they are brought here to be sold,” answered rhymer.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
  • We might get Jimmy the rhymer; he's awful round-shouldered, but he doesn't know everything.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • It occurred to Ned that if rhymer had not landed on the island this would have been more likely.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
  • The Eildon tree referred to in the poem was the favorite seat of Thomas the rhymer, and there he gave utterance to his prophecies.

  • This made rhymer doubly anxious to come up with them before they could do so.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for rhymer


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 lines: the boy made up a rhyme about his teacher
any verse or piece of poetry
rhyme or reason, sense, logic, or meaning: this 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
Derived Forms
rhymeless, rimeless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old French rime, from rimer to rhyme, from Old High German rīm a number; spelling influenced by rhythm
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Word Origin and History for rhymer



"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.



"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.

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rhymer in Culture

rhyme definition

A similarity of sound between words, such as moon, spoon, croon, tune, and June. Rhyme is often employed in verse.

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