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eye rhyme


an imperfect rhyme of words spelled similarly (for example, "love" and "move")


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eye rhymes

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Princeton WordNet


sight rhyme

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

eye rhyme

a rhyme involving words that are similar in spelling but not in sound, such as "stone" and "none" (18 of 270 words)



Eye rhyme | visual rhyme | sight rhyme

a rhyme in which two words are spelled similarly but pronounced differently and have come into general use through "poetic license" also known as artistic license. An example is the pair slaughter and laughter; although they look similar, and should... (40 of 171 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

eye rhyme [linguistics]

in poetry, an imperfect rhyme in which two words are spelled similarly but pronounced differently. Some of these are referred to as historical rhymes ... (24 of 56 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

eye rhyme

a similarity between words in spelling but not in pronunciation, for example love and move (15 of 35 words)



eye rhyme | sight rhyme [eye rhyme]

an imperfect rhyme that appears to have identical vowel sounds from similarity of spelling (as move and love) (18 of 32 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

sight rhyme [prose] | eye rhyme [synonym]

agreement in spelling, but not in sound, of the ends of words or of lines of verse, as in "have, grave". (21 of 28 words)


New World Dictionary:

eye rhyme

similarity in the spelling, rather than the pronunciation, of the ends of words or lines of verse (Ex.: lone, none; though, cough) (22 of 24 words)


American Heritage Dictionary:

eye rhyme | sight rhyme

A rhyme consisting of words, such as "lint" and "pint", with similar spellings but different sounds. (16 of 23 words)



eye rhyme | eye rhymes [plural] | sight rhyme [synonym] | sight rhymes [plural]

Pairs of words (or syllables) that, because of their spelling, look as if they rhyme but, because of different pronunciation, do not (22 of 23 words)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

rhyme | rime | assonance

the most prominent of the literary artifices used in versification. Although it was used in ancient East Asian poetry, rhyme was practically unknown ... (23 of 486 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

rhyme | rhymes [plural] | no rhyme or reason

[countable] a short poem, often for children, that has lines ending in the same sound | [countable] a word that ends with the same sound as another ... (26 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


rhyme [verb] | rhymed [past tense] | rhyming [present participle] | rhymes [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] if two words or lines of poetry rhyme, they end with a similar sound ; [intransitive/transitive] to produce rhymes (20 of 75 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

rhyme [entry 1]

Words which rhyme have the same last sound (8 of 27 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rhyme 1

rhyme [entry 2] | in rhyme

a word which has the same last sound as another word | a short poem, especially for young children | the use of rhymes in poetry | "in rhyme": written ... (27 of 92 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rhyme 2

Encarta Dictionary:

eye rhyme | eye rhymes [plural] | sight rhyme [poetic] | sight rhymes [poetic, plural]

the use of words that, because they are similarly spelled, look as if they rhyme but are in fact pronounced differently, e.g. "bough" and "enough" (25 of 39 words)

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