limerick

[ lim-er-ik ]
/ ˈlɪm ər ɪk /

noun

a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

Origin of limerick

1895–1900; after Limerick; allegedly from social gatherings where the group sang “Will you come up to Limerick?” after each set of verses, extemporized in turn by the members of the party

Definition for limerick (2 of 2)

Limerick

[ lim-er-ik ]
/ ˈlɪm ər ɪk /

noun

a county in N Munster, in the SW Republic of Ireland. 037 sq. mi. (2686 sq. km).
its county seat: a seaport at the head of the Shannon estuary.
Angling. a fishhook having a sharp bend below the barb.
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British Dictionary definitions for limerick (1 of 2)

limerick

/ (ˈlɪmərɪk) /

noun

a form of comic verse consisting of five anapaestic lines of which the first, second, and fifth have three metrical feet and rhyme together and the third and fourth have two metrical feet and rhyme together

Word Origin for limerick

C19: allegedly from will you come up to Limerick?, a refrain sung between nonsense verses at a party

British Dictionary definitions for limerick (2 of 2)

Limerick

/ (ˈlɪmərɪk) /

noun

a county of SW Republic of Ireland, in N Munster province: consists chiefly of an undulating plain with rich pasture and mountains in the south. County town: Limerick. Pop: 175 304 (2002). Area: 2686 sq km (1037 sq miles)
a port in SW Republic of Ireland, county town of Limerick, at the head of the Shannon estuary. Pop: 86 998 (2002)
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Culture definitions for limerick

limerick


A form of humorous five-line verse, such as:

There once was a young man from Kew
Who found a dead mouse in his stew.
Said the waiter, “Don't shout
Or wave it about,
Or the rest will be wanting one too!”
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