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Definition a humorous poem consisting of 5 lines with a rhyme scheme aabba

As a proper noun, Limerick usually references a city or county in Ireland.
  • Bob offered to pick up the tab for each of us who was willing to compose and share a limerick.
  • LIMERICK by Nate Wright
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • limerick = a humorous poem consisting of 5 lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
  • But only the deadliest prophecies are couched in the form of a limerick.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • He would run a limerick contest, or a series of coupons for victrola records, see a slight spurt of circulation and promptly forget the matter.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Bad poetry, but even Helen of Troy probably started with, like, a limerick, right?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And everyone who read Sonnets of a Sorcerer spoke in limericks for the rest of their lives.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I knew they were exasperated with Da, but they had little patience for Mam, either, whose people were from Limerick and never lifted a finger to help.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I was too nervous to bother explaining that one of my father's vices had been his propensity for dirty limericks.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Now, if you don't mind, Your Royalship, adi6s. l've got dirty limericks to write here.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And to use the word 'science' in those flop-eared limericks or whatever you call 'em— it's sacrilege!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "Hey, can I try one of those sand dollars you bought?" asked David, tracing the carved lines of a limerick with his finger.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Babbitt lay awake in the close hot tomb of his Pullman berth, shaking with remembrance of the fat man's limerick about the lady who wished to be wild.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He would be named Patrick for the first of my line of Grogans to arrive in the United States from County Limerick, Ireland.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • One night Matron took Ghosh aside and said: "Your limericks are usurping my prayers."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Maybe she will try writing again, nothing too ambitious, a fun poem in the limerick mode.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He was a sporting vagrant armed with a vast stock of stories, limericks and riddles.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Tis not as bad as the time he visited Limerick.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • Dad has a saying for every subject under the sun—as well as a wide selection of limericks and truly terrible jokes.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • I'm trying to think of a limerick," said Eustace.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Out in the Atlantic Ocean great sheets of rain gathered to drift slowly up the River Shannon and settle forever in Limerick.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes

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