- 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.
Origin of nonsense verse
First recorded in 1790–1800
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- verse in which the sense is nonexistent or absurd, such as that of Edward Lear
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