or rime

[ rahym ]
/ raɪm /


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

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

Nearby words

  1. rhumb line,
  2. rhumb sailing,
  3. rhumba,
  4. rhumbatron,
  5. rhus,
  6. rhyme or reason, no,
  7. rhyme royal,
  8. rhyme scheme,
  9. rhymester,
  10. rhyming slang


    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

Related forms
Can be confusedrhyme rhythm

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British Dictionary definitions for rhyme


archaic rime

/ (raɪm) /



Derived Formsrhymeless 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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Word Origin and History for rhyme
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Culture definitions for 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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