limerick definition

  • noun:
    • A light entertaining, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five anapestic lines generally aided by the rhyme plan aabba.
    • A humorous, often bawdy verse of five anapestic outlines, because of the rhyme system aabba, and typically has a 9-9-6-6-9 cadence.
    • A humorous, often nonsensical, and sometimes risqé poem of five anapestic lines, of which lines 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet, and rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 are of two feet, and rhyme.
    • A nonsense tune or verse, certainly one of a few impromptu productions of a free personality, sung at convivial parties in Ireland.
    • A nonsense verse of a set type, almost amusing, for the pattern of these compiled by Edward Lear in the “Book of Nonsense.” See Learic. The following is a good example:
    • port city in southwestern Ireland
    • a humorous verse type of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme system aabba

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