- a light verse form, usually consisting of two couplets, with lines of uneven length and irregular meter, the first line usually containing the name of a well-known person.
Origin of clerihew
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Historical Examples of clerihew
"Two gills to the coffin-room, Mrs. Clerihew," he cried to the woman in the kitchen.The Shoes of Fortune
The three kept sentry, knowing that Clerihew must sooner or later return with his convoy, there being no other exit.
For a good five minutes the pair mauled Mrs. Clerihew, who, with an air of high gentility, went on ironing shirts.
But Mrs. Clerihew, between her lapses, clung passionately to gentility and the world's esteem.
When it was time to be going she thanked Mrs. Clerihew very prettily, and walked back with Brother Copas to her father's room.
- a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
Word Origin for clerihew
humorous verse form, 1928, from English humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), who described it in a book published 1906 under the name E. Clerihew.