• (British, America) enPR: rīm, IPA: /ɹaɪm/


  1. (countable, uncountable) Rhyming verse (poetic form)
    Many editors say they don't want stories written in rhyme.
  2. A thought expressed in verse; a verse; a poem; a tale told in verse.
    Tennyson’s rhymes
  3. (countable) A word that rhymes with another.
    Norse poetry is littered with rhymes like "sól ... sunnan".
    Rap makes use of rhymes such as "money ... honey" and "nope ... dope".
    1. (countable, in particular) A word that rhymes with another, in that it is pronounced identically with the other word from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end.
      "Awake" is a rhyme for "lake".
  4. (uncountable) Rhyming: sameness of sound of part of some words.
    The poem exhibits a peculiar form of rhyme.
  5. (linguistics) rime#Etymology 2|rime
  6. (obsolete) Number.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Reim
  • Portuguese: rima
  • Russian: ри́фма
  • Spanish: rima

rhyme (rhymes, present participle rhyming; past and past participle rhymed)

  1. (ambitransitive) To compose or treat in verse; versify.
    • 1742, Alexander Pope, The Dunciad, book 4, lines 101-102:
      There marched the bard and blockhead, side by side,
      Who rhymed for hire, and patronized for pride.
  2. (intransitive, followed by with) Of a word, to be pronounced identically with another from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end.
    "Creation" rhymes with "integration" and "station".
  3. (reciprocal) Of two or more words, to be pronounced identically from the vowel in the stressed syllable of each to the end of each.
    "Mug" and "rug" rhyme.
    "India" and "windier" rhyme with each other in non-rhotic accents.
    I rewrote the story to make it rhyme.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To number; count; reckon.
Translations Translations
  • German: sich reimen
  • Portuguese: rimar
  • Russian: рифмова́ться
  • Spanish: rimar
  • French: faire rimer
  • German: reimen
  • Portuguese: rimar
  • Russian: рифмова́ть
  • Spanish: rimar

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