Limerick meaning

lĭmər-ĭk
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The definition of a limerick is a humorous rhyming poem that is usually around five lines in length and that often contains a bawdy story or joke.

An example of a limerick is a short five-line poem such as: There once was a man from Nantucket / Who kept all his cash in a bucket. / But his daughter, named Nan, / Ran away with a man. / And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

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(place) Its county seat.
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A light humorous, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five usually anapestic lines with the rhyme scheme aabba, in which the first, second, and fifth lines are in trimeter, and the third and fourth lines are in dimeter.
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A city of southwest Ireland on the Shannon River estuary. It was an important Norse settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries and was taken by the English in the late 12th century.
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A nonsense poem of five anapestic lines, now often bawdy, usually with the rhyme scheme aabba, the first, second, and fifth lines having three stresses, the third and fourth having two: the form was popularized by Edward Lear (Ex.: There was a young lady named Harris, | Whom nothing could ever embarrass | Till the bath salts one day | In the tub where she lay | Turned out to be plaster of Paris)
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(place) County in SW Ireland, in Munster province: 1,037 sq mi (2,686 sq km)
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A humorous, often bawdy verse of five anapestic lines, with the rhyme scheme aabba, and typically has a 9-9-6-6-9 cadence.
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A county in the Republic of Ireland.
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A town in the county of Limerick.
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Origin of limerick

  • After Limerick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition