Origin of simileMiddle English from L, a likeness from neuter of similis, similar
Simile: Shannon is as blind as a bat without her eyeglasses.
The definition of a simile is a figure of speech where two unlike things are compared using the word "like" or "as" followed by a figurative example.
An example of a simile is "He is as hungry as a horse."
a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another, dissimilar thing by the use of like, as, etc. (Ex.: a heart as big as a whale, her tears flowed like wine)
A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as, as in “How like the winter hath my absence been” or “So are you to my thoughts as food to life” (Shakespeare).
Origin of simileMiddle English from Latin likeness, comparison from neuter of similis like ; see similar .
(plural similes or similia)
- A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as.
- A simile is like a metaphor.
- Many times a simile may contain the word "as" or "like".
- Neither art nor nature could supply a better simile of the grace of God than this.
- The simile in the next line serves to emphasize the speed of the fall.
- Sometimes it took a ridiculous simile to make a point.
- A common simile that can be used to describe someone calm or relaxed is "cool as a cucumber".