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n. pl.1.Words that rhyme, proposed as the ends of verses, to be filled out by the ingenuity of the person to whom they are offered.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In his overall heading for them Rossetti gets in a pre-emptive apology for their flimsiness relative to the serious claims of the magazine as a whole, most likely prompted by the knowledge that several of them had been written to the game bouts-rimes, where the rhyme words are supplied by a second party and the poet then has to write a poem to fit them.
Each of these three bouts-rimes poems stages or imagines a companionable walk between two people, the speaker and the addressee, in a natural setting.
In 19th-century England, John Keats is said to have produced his charming poem "On the Grasshopper and Cricket" (1816) in a bouts-rimes competition with his friend Leigh Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his brother William tested their ingenuity by filling in verses from bouts-rimes.