or rime

[ rahym ]
/ raɪm /


verb (used with object), rhymed, rhym·ing.

verb (used without object), rhymed, rhym·ing.

Idioms for rhyme

    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



rhyme rhythm

historical usage of rhyme

The spelling and etymology of the noun rhyme fall between two stools. Its Middle English forms rym (in The Canterbury Tales, from around 1387), ryym (in Wycliffe’s Bible ), and rime derive from Anglo-French, Old French, and Middle French rime, ryme. Note the absence of h in all these spellings.
The source of the French rime is from an unrecorded Gallo-Romance verb rimāre “to set in a row,” a derivative of the Germanic noun rīm “number, series,” and possibly developing the senses “series of rhymed syllables” and “rhymed verse.”
The English spelling rhyme dates from around 1600 and shows the influence of the unrelated Latin rhetorical term rhythmus “a patterned sequence of sounds; measured flow of words or phrases in prose,” a borrowing from Greek rhythmós, which has the same meanings.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-rhyme


archaic rime

/ (raɪm) /



Derived forms of rhyme

rhymeless or rimeless, adjective

Word Origin for rhyme

C12: from Old French rime, from rimer to rhyme, from Old High German rīm a number; spelling influenced by rhythm
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Culture definitions for non-rhyme


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

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