Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
  • n. A poem written in this form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
  • n. A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
  • n. Plural form of haiku.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines

Etymologies

Japanese : hai, amusement (from Middle Chinese bəij, pha·j) + ku, sentence (from Middle Chinese kuəh).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 俳句 (はいく, haiku). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • There was an old man
    From Peru, whose lim'ricks all
    Look'd like haiku. He

    Said with a laugh "I
    Cut them in half, the pay is
    Much better for two."

    - anon.

    September 27, 2009

  • Brava.

    June 23, 2009

  • In the 7th grade, we did haiku poems in class one day and I can still remember exactly what I wrote:

    "One crystal tear falls
    Followed by warm summer's mist
    Sunshine dries my hate"

    June 23, 2009

  • Clowns are raining down.
    Hear the scream of the grease paint!
    Danger! Clown puddles.

    March 8, 2009

  • Haiku a bitter duck might write.

    August 26, 2008

  • Especially if
    You're unusually fond
    Of steroidal dimes.

    January 24, 2008

  • You might be surprised
    How well life can be condensed
    Into a haiku.

    January 24, 2008

  • Ukiah in reverse.

    July 22, 2007

  • Ah, sweet sunset glow
    Softly, softly fading low
    But oh! the bright moon

    December 24, 2006