a form of light verse, usually for children, depicting imaginative characters in amusing situations of fantasy, whimsical in tone and with a rhythmic appeal, often employing fanciful phrases and meaningless made-up words.
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Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Origin of nonsense verse
First recorded in 1790–1800
Words nearby nonsense verse
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British Dictionary definitions for nonsense verse
verse in which the sense is nonexistent or absurd, such as that of Edward Lear
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