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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kler-uh-hyoo]
    • /ˈklɛr əˌhyu/
    • /ˈkle.rɪ.hjuː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kler-uh-hyoo]
    • /ˈklɛr əˌhyu/

Definitions of clerihew word

  • noun clerihew a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person 3
  • noun clerihew a humorous, quasi-biographical poem made up of two rhymed couplets with lines of varying length and meter 3
  • noun clerihew a light verse form, usually consisting of two couplets, with lines of uneven length and irregular meter, the first line usually containing the name of a well-known person. 1
  • noun clerihew A short comic or nonsensical verse, typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length and referring to a famous person. 1
  • noun clerihew A rhyme of four lines, usually regarding a person mentioned in the first line. 0

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Origin of clerihew

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
1925-30; named after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), English writer, its inventor

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clerihew popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

clerihew usage trend in Literature

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