Origin of limerick
Definition for limerick (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for limerick
No alarms were triggered as she strolled out of the Giant supermarket in Limerick, Pennsylvania, and nobody thought otherwise.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was born in Limerick city but grew up in a small town in County Donegal—remote, windy, lots of rain.
And I was trying to illustrate that with a more familiar example, which would be something like the repetition of a limerick.
He was taken to a place in Ireland called Limerick where he suffered undue hardships as opposed to due hardships.
I would like to have run from Limerick Junction up to Limerick, says a feminine member of the quartette.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
At Limerick he found the accommodation for the patients "such as we should not appropriate for our dog-kennels."Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles|Daniel Hack Tuke
But no such obstacle barred the path of the first bishops of Limerick and Waterford.
After a short siege he obtained possession of Limerick, and his enemies were fain to demand a truce.The History of England|T.F. Tout
After a happy interval of convalescence at home, I was sent to a smaller school kept by Mr. Hogg at Limerick.The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent|S.M. Hussey
British Dictionary definitions for limerick (1 of 2)
Word Origin for limerick
British Dictionary definitions for limerick (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for limerick
nonsense verse of five lines, 1896, perhaps from the county and city in Ireland, but if so the connection is obscure. Often (after OED's Murray) attributed to a party game in which each guest in turn made up a nonsense verse and all sang a refrain with the line "Will you come up to Limerick?" but he reported this in 1898 and earlier evidence is wanting. Or perhaps from Learic, from Edward Lear (1812-1888) English humorist who popularized the form. Earliest examples are in French, which further complicates the quest for the origin. OED's first record of the word is in a letter of Aubrey Beardsley. The place name is literally "bare ground," from Irish Liumneach, from lom "bare, thin." It was famous for hooks.
The limerick may be the only traditional form in English not borrowed from the poetry of another language. Although the oldest known examples are in French, the name is from Limerick, Ireland. John Ciardi suggests that the Irish Brigade, which served in France for most of the eighteenth centiry, might have taken the form to France or developed an English version of a French form. ... The contemporary limerick usually depends on a pun or some other turn of wit. It is also likely to be somewhat suggestive or downright dirty." [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry," Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986]
Culture definitions for 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!”