from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light humorous, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five anapestic lines usually with the rhyme scheme aabba.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A humorous, often bawdy verse of five anapestic lines, with the rhyme scheme aabba, and typically has a 9-9-6-6-9 cadence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nonsense song or verse, one of a series of impromptu productions of a free character, sung at convivial parties in Ireland.
- n. A nonsense verse of a fixed type, more or less amusing, of the pattern of those written by Edward Lear in his “Book of Nonsense.” See Learic. The following is an example:
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. port city in southwestern Ireland
- n. a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
Annie – your limerick is a cracking piece .. will be by tomorrow to leave comments.
Barring "its", which leaves people confusedAnd following the limerick is a concise definition of the word.
You have a second career in limerick-writing, I think.
Cause you can't be "self-righteous" in limerick fo ...
This limerick is inspired by my major goof-up last week.
(What kind of limerick is it, though, that isn’t obscene?) neurodoc (Quote)
# B. Macon 07 Mar 2009 at 6: 26 am hate her, hater, date her, sate her … “sate her” could be crazily raunchy if the first limerick is about Agent Black’s sexual ineptitude.
I did not realize until recently that Massachusetts has an official limerick, which is the one about the man from Nantucket.
April 19, 2010, 10: 36 pm neurodoc says: alkali: I did not realize until recently that Massachusetts has an official limerick, which is the one about the man from Nantucket.
The anapestic cadences of the limerick are the same ones children used to learn from reciting Browning, Scott and Tennyson: Oh well for the fisherman's boy/That he shouts with his sister at play.