limerick


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Lim·er·ick

 (lĭm′ər-ĭk, lĭm′rĭk)
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.

lim·er·ick

 (lĭm′ər-ĭk)
n.
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.

[After Limerick.]

limerick

(ˈlɪmərɪk)
n
(Poetry) a form of comic verse consisting of five anapaestic lines of which the first, second, and fifth have three metrical feet and rhyme together and the third and fourth have two metrical feet and rhyme together
[C19: allegedly from will you come up to Limerick?, a refrain sung between nonsense verses at a party]

Limerick

(ˈlɪmərɪk)
n
1. (Placename) a county of SW Republic of Ireland, in N Munster province: consists chiefly of an undulating plain with rich pasture and mountains in the south. County town: Limerick. Pop: 175 304 (2002). Area: 2686 sq km (1037 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a port in SW Republic of Ireland, county town of Limerick, at the head of the Shannon estuary. Pop: 86 998 (2002)

lim•er•ick

(ˈlɪm ər ɪk)

n.
a kind of humorous poem in which lines one, two and five rhyme, and lines three and four form a rhymed couplet.
[1895–1900; Limerick, Ireland]

Lim•er•ick

(ˈlɪm ər ɪk)

n.
1. a county in N Munster, in the SW Republic of Ireland. 107,963; 1037 sq. mi. (2686 sq. km).
2. its county seat: a seaport at the head of the Shannon estuary. 60,721.

limerick

A five-line comic verse, the third and fourth lines shorter and rhyming, the other lines sharing a different rhyme.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limerick - port city in southwestern IrelandLimerick - port city in southwestern Ireland  
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
2.limerick - a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
rhyme, verse - a piece of poetry
Translations
druh žertovné rýmovačky
limerick
limerikki
limerick
limra
humoristinis eilėraštislimerikas
humoristisks dzejolis
beş dizeli nükteli şiirhicviye

limerick

[ˈlɪmərɪk] nlimerick m

limerick

nLimerick m

limerick

(ˈlimərik) noun
a type of humorous poem with five lines, the third and fourth lines being shorter than the others.
References in classic literature ?
I spent about two pounds on sixpenny postal orders when the Limerick craze was on, and didn't win a thing.
Nor did we touch any more at any place, till, being driven on the coast of Ireland by a very hard gale of wind, the ship came to an anchor in a little bay, near the mouth of a river, whose name I remember not, but they said the river came down from Limerick, and that it was the largest river in Ireland.
The Kerry stalwart, below, is one of nine players from the Kingdom on the 24-man squad, with four each from Cork and Limerick, three from Tipperary and two each from Clare and Tipperary.
Dr James Limerick has been appointed to the board of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
BARRY NASH is the name on the lips of Limerick hurling fans again - and this time for all the right reasons.
Eight fun-filled chapters present fascinating information about the origin of limericks, writing different kinds of funny limericks, such as animal antics limericks, place name limericks, or foolish character limericks, plus suggestions for revising your limerick and performing a poem.
OWNER JP MCMANUS has unveiled a lapel pin to promote his home town of Limerick.
The Saturday Evening Post wilt award $700 to the author of the winning limerick for the illustration below by Albert W.
Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick has pledged its support for "Living in a Window", an annual project run by Limerick's Live 95FM which raises funds for two worthwhile Limerick children's charities: CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland) and The Children's Ark Unit at the Midwestern Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle.
LIMERICK TUNNEL, the State s third underwater motorway, is to be opened tomorrow by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
I asked Susan to write a Scrabble Limerick--that is, a limerick that uses as many of the 100 tiles in a Scrabble set as she could.
THE ECHO's Limerick Laughs competition has provoked a fantastic reader response, proving that the art of writing these funny, five-line poems is alive and well.