75 of the Silliest Limericks That Are Tons of Fun to Tell Your Friends—And Might Even Inspire You to Write Your Own (2022)

75 of the Silliest Limericks That Are Tons of Fun to Tell Your Friends—And Might Even Inspire You to Write Your Own (1)

Limericks are a fun and timeless way to tell short, silly stories. They can be about anything, as long as they follow their single stanza structure that dates back to the early 14th century. While relatively short little poems, they provide an enormous amount of entertainment and fun for the entire family!

The beauty of the limerick is that anyone can write them. They’re on the edge by nature and tend to leave listeners shaking their heads or blushing. Be it cleverly crude or humorously G-rated, they’re sure to bring at least a smirk out of anyone.

If you’re looking for some poetic entertainment for your next family night or just need some limerick examples to write your own—you’ve hit the jackpot! Check out our list of 75 limericks for your next at-home poetry night. Be sure to soak in some inspiration from the limerick examples below before coming up with your own single stanza rhymes.

What is a limerick?

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. They consist of a single stanza, an AABBA rhyme scheme, exactly five lines, a rhyme on the first, second, and fifth lines, and a second rhyme on the third and fourth lines. These silly rhymes were made famous by a man named Edward Leer, an Englishman who wrote The Book of Nonsense in the 1800s. The book is filled with over 200 nonsensical limericks written and illustrated by the author himself. While Edward brought these short poems into the spotlight, it is believed that they originated in the 1400s in the town of Limerick, Ireland.

Limericks are usually humorous, but some limericks can be downright crude. Either way, they’re meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Because of their short and simple structure, limericks are loved by amateurs and professional poets alike. The writer has the ability to make them as simple or complex as they’d like without overthinking it.

75 Limericks

1. Limericks I cannot compose,
With noxious smells in my nose.
But this one was easy,
I only felt queasy,
Because I was sniffing my toes.

2. There was a young woman named Bright,
Whose speed was much faster than light.
She set out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.

3. There was an odd fellow named Gus,
When traveling he made such a fuss.
He was banned from the train,
Not allowed on a plane,
And now travels only by bus.

4. There once was a fly on the wall,
I wonder, why didn’t it fall?
Because its feet stuck? Or was it just luck?
Or does gravity miss things so small?

5. There once was a man from Tibet,
Who couldn't find a cigarette
So he smoked all his socks,
and got chicken-pox,
and had to go to the vet.

6. There was a young woman named Bright,
Whose speed was much faster than light.
She set out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.

7. I need a front door for my hall,
The replacement I bought was too tall.
So I hacked it and chopped it,
And carefully lopped it,
And now the dumb thing is too small.

8. There once was a boy named Dan,
who wanted to fry in a pan.
He tried and he tried,
and eventually died,
that weird little boy named Dan.

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9. A newspaperman named Fling,
Could make "copy" from any old thing.
But the copy he wrote,
Of a five-dollar note,
Was so good he now wears so much bling.

10. I know an old owl named Boo,
Every night he yelled Hoo,
Once a kid walked by,
And started to cry,
And yelled I don't have a clue!

11. I once fell in love with a blonde,
But found that she wasn't so fond.
Of my pet turtle named Odle,
whom I'd taught how to Yodel,
So she dumped him outside in the pond.

12. I'd rather have Fingers than Toes,
I'd rather have Ears than a Nose.
And as for my Hair,
I'm glad it's all there,
I'll be awfully sad, when it goes.

13. There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin:
So she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin. (Edward Lear)

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14. Hickory Dickory dock,
the mouse ran up the clock;
the clock struck one
and down he run;
hickory Dickory dock. (Charles Perrault)

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15. There was a faith-healer of Deal,
Who said: "Although pain isn't real,
If I sit on a pin
And it punctures my skin,
I dislike what I fancy I feel.'

16. My dog is really quite hip,
Except when he takes a cold dip.
He looks like a fool,
when he jumps in the pool,
and reminds me of a sinking ship.

17. A painter, who lived in Great Britain,
Interrupted two girls with their knitting,
He said, with a sigh,
That park bench--well I,
Just painted it, right where you're sitting.

18. There is a young schoolboy named Mason,
Whose mom cuts his hair with a basin.
When he stands in one place,
With a scarf round his face,
It's a mystery which way he’s facing.

19. There was a young schoolboy of Rye,
Who was baked by mistake in a pie.
To his mother’s disgust,
He emerged through the crust,
And exclaimed, with a yawn, Where am I?

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20. An elderly man called Keith,
Mislaid his set of false teeth.
They'd been laid on a chair,
He'd forgot they were there,
Sat down, and was bitten beneath.

21. There was an old man of Peru,
Who dreamt he was eating his shoe.
He woke in the night,
With a terrible fright,
And found it was perfectly true.

22. The incredible Wizard of Oz,
Retired from his business becoz.
Due to up-to-date science,
To most of his clients,
He wasn't the Wizard he woz.

23. Once I visited France,
And learned a new, awesome dance.
I twirled,
And I swirled,
And Is it me or the nature of money,
That's odd and particularly funny.
But when I have dough,
It goes quickly, you know,
And seeps out of my pockets like honey.
I lost my pants.

24. Is it me or the nature of money,
That's odd and particularly funny.
But when I have dough,
It goes quickly, you know,
And seeps out of my pockets like honey.

25. There once was a farmer from Leeds,
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
It soon came to pass,
He was covered with grass,
But has all the tomatoes he needs.

26. A fellow jumped off a high wall,
And had a most terrible fall.
He went back to bed,
With a bump on his head,
That's why you don't jump off a wall.

27. A man and his lady-love, Min,
Skated out where the ice was quite thin.
Had a quarrel, no doubt,
For I hear they fell out,
What a blessing they didn't fall in!

28. There was a young lady of Cork,
Whose Pa made a fortune in pork.
He bought for his daughter,
A tutor who taught her,
To balance green peas on her fork.

29. There once was a Martian called Zed
With antennae all over his head.
He sent out a lot
Di-di-dash-di-dot
But nobody knew what he said!

30. There once was a girl named Sam
Who did not eat roast beef and ham
She ate a green apple
Then drank some Snapple
Some say she eats like a lamb.

31. Said the man with a wink of his eye
'But I love you' and then the reply
From the girl, it was heard
'You are truly absurd!
I have only this moment walked by!'

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32. A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?

33. There was once a great man in Japan
Whose name on Tuesday began,
It lasted through Sunday
Till twilight on Monday
And it sounded like stones in a can.

34. There was a young man so benighted
He never knew when he was slighted;
He would go to a party
And eat just as hearty,
As if he'd been really invited.

35. There was an old man from Sudan,
Whose limericks never would scan.
When told this was so,
He said, 'yes, I know.
'But I always try to get as many syllables into the last line as I possibly can.'

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34. A maiden at college, Miss Breeze,
Weighed down by B.A.s and Lit.D's,
Collapsed from the strain,
Said her doctor, "It's plain
You are killing yourself—by degrees!"

35. A canner, exceedingly canny,
One morning remarked to his granny,
"A canner can can
Anything that he can;
But a canner can't can a can, can he?"

36. A mouse in her room woke Miss Dowd
She was frightened—it must be allowed.
Soon a happy thought hit her—
To scare off the critter,
She sat up in bed and meowed.

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37. There was a young woman named Kite,
Whose speed was much faster than light,
She set out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.

38. A flea and a fly in a flue,
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
"Let us fly," said the flea,
And they flew through a flaw in the flue.

39. A major, with wonderful force,
Called out in Hyde Park for a horse.
All the flowers looked round,
But no horse could be found;
So he just rhododendron, of course.

40. A nifty young flapper named Jane
While walking was caught in the rain.
She ran--almost flew,
Her complexion did too,
And she reached home exceedingly plain.

41. "There's a train at 4:04," said Miss Jenny.
"Four tickets I'll take; have you any?"
Said the man at the door,
"Not four for 4:04,
For four for 4:04 is too many."

42. A canny young fisher named Fisher
Once fished from the edge of a fissure.
A fish with a grin
Pulled the fisherman in—
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.

43. Here's to the chigger,
The bug that's no bigger
Than the point of an undersized pin;
But the welt that he raises
Sure itches like blazes,
And that's where the rub comes in!

44. A cheerful old bear at the Zoo
Could always find something to do.
When it bored him, you know,
To walk to and fro,
He reversed it and walked fro and to.

45. The bottle of perfume that Willie sent
Was highly displeasing to Millicent;
Her thanks were so cold
They quarreled, I'm told,
Through that silly scent Willie sent Millicent.

46. I bought a new Hoover today,
Plugged it in in the usual way,
Switched it on - what a din;
It sucked everything in,
Now I'm homeless with no place to stay.

47. A crossword compiler named Moss
Who found himself quite at a loss
When asked, 'Why so blue?'
Said, 'I haven't a clue
I'm 2 Down to put 1 Across.'

48. I'm papering walls in the loo
And quite frankly I haven't a clue;
For the pattern's all wrong
(Or the paper's too long)
And I'm stuck to the toilet with glue.

49. There once was an old man of Esser,
Whose knowledge grew lesser and lesser,
It at last grew so small
He knew nothing at all
And now he's a college professor.

50. To compose a sonata today,
Don't proceed in the old-fashioned way:
With your toes on the keys,
Bang the floor with your knees:
"Oh how modern!" the critics will say.

51. There was a young lady named Perkins,
Who just simply doted on gherkins.
In spite of advice,
She ate so much spice,
That she pickled her internal workins'.

52. There was an old man of Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket;
But his daughter, named Nan
Ran away with a man --
And as far as the bucket, Nantucket.

53. There was a young lady of Kent,
Whose nose was most awfully bent.
She followed her nose
One day, I suppose --
And no one knows which way she went.

54. There was a young lady named Hannah,
Who slipped on a peel of banana.
As she lay on her side,
More stars she espied
Than there are in the Star-Spangled Banner.

55. There was a dear lady of Eden,
Who on apples was quite fond of feedin';
She gave one to Adam,
Who said, "Thank you, Madam,"
And then both skedaddled from Eden.

56. A certain young fellow named Bee-Bee
Wished to wed a woman named Phoebe.
"But," he said, "I must see
What the clerical fee
Be before Phoebe be Phoebe Bee-Bee

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57. Remember when nearly sixteen
On your very first date as a teen
At the movies? If yes,
Then I bet you can't guess
What was shown on the cinema screen.

58. There was an old person of Fratton
Who would go to church with his hat on.
'If I wake up,' he said,
'With a hat on my head,
I will know that it hasn't been sat on.'

59. My neighbor came over to say
(Although not in a neighborly way)
That he'd knock me around
If I didn't curb the sound
Of the classical music I play.

I told him, "Get out of my place
You're an utter uncultured disgrace;
You're a simpleton loon.
Don't you know a good tune?"
Then he walloped me square in the face.

60. There was a young man from Dealing
Who caught the bus for Ealing.
It said on the door
'Don't spit on the floor'
So he jumped up and spat on the ceiling

61. As 007 walked by
He heard a wee spider say, "Hi."
But shaken, he shot
It right there on the spot
As it tried to explain, "I'm a spi ..."

62. A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot
Said the two to the tutor
“Is it tougher to toot or
To tutor two tooters to toot?”

63. No woodsman would cut a wood, would he
If woods would be woodless – nor should he.
Yet no woodcutter would
Cut a woody-wood wood
If no woodsmen cut woody woods, would he?

64. There once was a man from the sticks
Who loved to compose limericks
But he failed at his sport
They were always too short

65. A poet whose friends called him Steve
Once showed quite a will to achieve
His skill grew so strong
That his poems grew long
And he sadly was forced to abbrev.

66. If you catch a chinchilla in Chile
And cut off its beard, willy-nilly
You can honestly say
That you have just made
A Chilean chinchilla's chin chilly

67. There once was a man named Muvett
Who lived in the city of Lovett
But his car broke down
Two miles out of town
And Muvett had to shove it to Lovett!

68. There once was a beautiful nurse
Who carried an ugly old purse
But she tripped on the door
And fell on the floor
And they both went away in the hearse.

69. There was a young girl from Flynn
Who was so terribly thin
When she sipped lemonade
Through a straw in the shade
She slipped through the straw and fell in!

70. There once was a man from Gorem
Had a pair of tight pants and he wore 'em
When he bowed with a grin
A draft of air rushed in
And he knew by the sound that he tore 'em!

71. There once was a man from the city
Stooped to pat what he thought was a kitty
He gave it a pat
But it wasn't a cat-
They buried his clothes - what a pity!

72. There once was a gal from Decatur
Who went to sing in a the-a-ter
But the poor little thing
When she started to sing
Got hit by a rotten termater! (tomato)

73. What happens when you retire?
You really don't have to inquire -
No job and no phone
There's no place but home,
And your checkbook's about to expire!

74. At times I’m so mad that I’m hopping.
My angriness sets my veins popping.
I yell and I curse,
With swear words diverse,
But my wife does much worse: she goes shopping

75. One Saturday morning at three,
A cheese monger's shop in Paree.
Collapsed to the ground,
With a thunderous sound,
Leaving only a pile of de brie.

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FAQs

What is a good example of a limerick? ›

Examples of Limericks in Poetry

There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, 'It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!

What is a popular limerick? ›

There Was an Old Man with a Beard” by Edward Lear

His famous limericks popularized the form. This funny limerick poem makes fun of an old man who lets his beard grow so long, it becomes a nest of sorts for animals. “There was an Old Man with a beard.

What should I write about in limerick? ›

6 Tips for Writing Limericks
  • Tell a story. When you read other limericks, you'll notice that they have a narrative arc, complete with a main character, plot, and resolution. ...
  • Start with your subject. ...
  • Make it absurd. ...
  • End with a twist. ...
  • Don't stray from the structure. ...
  • Read your limerick out loud.
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Are limericks always funny? ›

Traditionally, limericks tend to humorous, often examining matters of the off-color and the unsavory. But there's no reason you can't write a serious limerick. The trick to writing a good limerick is to get the meter right. Anapestic meter, as it's known in poetry circles, has something of a gallop to it.

What is a 5-line limerick? ›

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. They consist of a single stanza, an AABBA rhyme scheme, exactly five lines, a rhyme on the first, second, and fifth lines, and a second rhyme on the third and fourth lines.

How do you write a limerick poem examples? ›

To write a limerick, come up with a 5-line poem where the first, second, and fifth line rhyme with each other and the third and fourth line rhyme with each other. Also, make sure the first, second, and fifth line have 8-9 syllables and the third and fourth line have 5-6 syllables.

How many lines are in a limerick? ›

limerick, a popular form of short, humorous verse that is often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, and the dominant metre is anapestic, with two metrical feet in the third and fourth lines and three feet in the others.

What is a limerick Grade 3? ›

Limericks are 5-line poems with a specific rhyme pattern: AABBA, with each line having a specific number of syllables: 8 – 8 – 5 – 5 – 8.

Why is it called a limerick? ›

The name is generally taken to be a reference to the City or County of Limerick in Ireland sometimes particularly to the Maigue Poets, and may derive from an earlier form of nonsense verse parlour game that traditionally included a refrain that included "Will [or won't] you come (up) to Limerick?"

How do I start a limerick? ›

Remember to follow these steps:
  1. Choose the name of a person or place and write the first line.
  2. Look in a rhyming dictionary for words that rhyme with your person or place name.
  3. Write line 2 and 5 to rhyme with the first line.
  4. Now write lines 3 and 4 with a different rhyme.

How do you make a simple limerick? ›

How To Write A Limerick Poem-Poetry Tutorial - YouTube

How do you write a limerick in 4th grade? ›

Limerick Poems for Kids | Classroom Poetry Video - YouTube

What word rhymes with friends? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
expends100Verb
befriends100Verb
rends100Verb
wends100Verb, Noun
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What type of poem is funny? ›

Definition. A limerick is a kind of a witty, humorous, or nonsense poem, especially one in five-line anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent.

What rhymes with limerick? ›

Words that rhyme with limerick
maverickquick
sickslick
thicktrick
obliquepick
clickdynamic
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What rhymes silly? ›

WordRhyme rating
Willy100
chilly100
Lilly100
chili100
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Can a limerick have 11 syllables? ›

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines should only have five to seven syllables; they too must rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

What word rhymes with water? ›

battre, botter, cauter, cotter, datter, dotter, flotar, gotter, hotter, jotter, kotter, lawter, lotter, mahtar, motter, notter, potter, quatar, quater, rotter, totter, vawter, watter, zotter, agotar, anotar, azotar, f.i.r., h.e.r., j.a.r., o.a.r.

Can a limerick be more than 5 lines? ›

By definition, a limerick is a short poem with five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line, and the third and fourth lines rhyme together.

Does a limerick have to start with there once was? ›

How to write a limerick: The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 8 or 9). Limericks often start with the line "There once was a..." or "There was a..." She knew she would never go far.

What word rhymes with orange? ›

What rhymes with orange? Orange rhymes with Blorenge (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a technical word for a sac where spores are made).

What does dog rhyme with? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
frogs100Noun
hogs100Noun
bogs100Noun
clogs100Noun, Verb
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What word rhymes with lady? ›

WordRhyme rating
Brady100
shady100
Grady100
Cady100
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What is limerick Day? ›

National Limerick Day is set on 12th May to mark the birthday of Edward Lear, the English writer known for his works of nonsensical prose and poetry. It was Edward Lear who was to popularise the Limerick in his A Book of Nonsense, published 1846.

What is a blank verse poem? ›

“Blank verse” is a literary term that refers to poetry written in unrhymed but metered lines, almost always iambic pentameter.

Who made the first limerick? ›

It's hard to say with absolute certainty, but we have evidence to suggest that Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote the first limerick sometime in the 13th century. His five-line rhyming verse, penned in medieval Latin, survives in the archives and appears to be the oldest example of this form.

How many syllables in each line of a limerick? ›

The most traditional limericks usually have nine syllables in the 1st, 2nd and 5th lines, and six syllables in lines 3 and 4. With the right meter, this spread works out beautifully. But you can also adjust the syllables and, so long as you stick to the meter, the limerick can still work just fine.

What is the purpose of a limerick poem? ›

Answer and Explanation: The purpose of a limerick poem is to have fun. They are written to amuse and entertain people. Some, especially when they were first popular in the 18th and 19th centuries in England, were written to poke fun at or satirize political figures.

What word rhymes with House? ›

Words that rhyme withhouse.
  • mouth.
  • penthouse.
  • lighthouse.
  • south.
  • clouds.
  • sounds.
  • doubts.
  • crowds.

What rhymes with man now? ›

WordRhyme rating
Marianne100
Klan100
Gran100
Moran100
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What is the rhyming word of monkey? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
chunky100Adjective
flunkey100Noun
funky100Adjective
junkie100Noun
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How many beats are in a limerick? ›

Give It A Bouncy Tune Or Rhythm

You will know the tune of your limerick once you read it aloud. Limerick has three beats in its first, second, and fifth lines and two beats in its third and fourth lines.

How do you write a rhyming poem? ›

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What name rhymes with Bob? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
throb100Noun, Verb
lob100Noun
Robb100Name
blob100Noun
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What word rhymes with money? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
Sonny100Name
bunny100Noun
runny100Adjective
gunny100Noun
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How do you write a free verse? ›

Five steps to free verse.
  1. Choose your subject and write about it. ...
  2. Check your rough poem to see if anything is missing. ...
  3. Read the rough poem aloud. ...
  4. Move through your poem with an editor's pen and make sure you've selected the words that give proper accent and cadence to the overall poem.

What is the format of a limerick? ›

limerick, a popular form of short, humorous verse that is often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, and the dominant metre is anapestic, with two metrical feet in the third and fourth lines and three feet in the others.

What is a limerick for kids? ›

Limericks are 5-line poems with a specific rhyme pattern: AABBA, with each line having a specific number of syllables: 8 – 8 – 5 – 5 – 8. In order to become good at writing limericks, kids need to hear a bunch of examples so that they can get used to the style and rhythm.

What rhymes with limerick? ›

Words that rhyme with limerick
maverickquick
sickslick
thicktrick
obliquepick
clickdynamic
238 more rows

What are the rules for a limerick? ›

The rhyme scheme of a limerick is known as “AABBA.” This means that the final words in lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme.
...
The rules for a limerick are simple:
  • They are five lines long.
  • Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with one another.
  • Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other.
  • They have a distinctive rhythm.
  • And usually, they're funny!
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How do I start a limerick? ›

Remember to follow these steps:
  1. Choose the name of a person or place and write the first line.
  2. Look in a rhyming dictionary for words that rhyme with your person or place name.
  3. Write line 2 and 5 to rhyme with the first line.
  4. Now write lines 3 and 4 with a different rhyme.

How do you make a simple limerick? ›

How To Write A Limerick Poem-Poetry Tutorial - YouTube

What word rhymes with water? ›

battre, botter, cauter, cotter, datter, dotter, flotar, gotter, hotter, jotter, kotter, lawter, lotter, mahtar, motter, notter, potter, quatar, quater, rotter, totter, vawter, watter, zotter, agotar, anotar, azotar, f.i.r., h.e.r., j.a.r., o.a.r.

What word rhymes with lady? ›

WordRhyme rating
Brady100
shady100
Grady100
Cady100
96 more rows

What word rhymes with friends? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
expends100Verb
befriends100Verb
rends100Verb
wends100Verb, Noun
96 more rows

Does a limerick have to have 5 lines? ›

By definition, a limerick is a short poem with five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line, and the third and fourth lines rhyme together. Traditionally, lines one, two and five have nine syllables each, and lines three and four have just six syllables each, more or less.

What rhymes with limes? ›

  • syllable: chimes, climbs, climes, crime's, crimes, crymes, cymes, dime's, dimes, grimes, heims, himes, hymes, imes, kimes, mimes, nimes, prime's, primes, rheims, rhymes, rimes, simes, slimes, symes, thymes, time's, times, times'
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What rhymes with Rick? ›

WordRhyme ratingCategories
trick100Noun
kick100Verb, Noun
chick100Noun
slick100Adjective, Noun
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Does limerick have to rhyme? ›

Many limericks show some form of internal rhyme, alliteration or assonance, or some element of word play. Verses in limerick form are sometimes combined with a refrain to form a limerick song, a traditional humorous drinking song often with obscene verses.

How many syllables is the last line of a limerick? ›

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines should only have five to seven syllables; they too must rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

Do limericks have to start with there once was a? ›

Limericks often start with the line "There once was a..." or "There was a..." She knew she would never go far.

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