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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.
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