[ kler-uh-hyoo ]
/ ˈklɛr əˌhyu /

noun Prosody.

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

1925–30; named after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), English writer, its inventor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clerihew


/ (ˈklɛrɪˌhjuː) /


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

C20: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented it
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