One of these was "Ole Chariot," perhaps as a rhyme to the name by which they called her.

Well, since rhyming's been my ruin, let me rhyme to the bitter end.

He confessed to me that he was apt to go astray when intent on rhyme.

It was ridiculous, the amount of time she gave to that baby—out of all rhyme and reason.

You should get your gowns to rhyme with your husband's suits.

In this lively style does he pursue his argument in favour of rhyme.

For this it is which makes its adversaries say rhyme is not natural!

But do men not only light on a sudden upon the wit but the rhyme too?

Is rhyme unnatural from the lips of their peers and paladins?

The other reading (waen) is preferred on account of the rhyme.


"agreement in terminal sounds," 1560s, partially restored spelling, from Middle English ryme, rime (c.1200) "measure, meter, rhythm," later "rhymed verse" (mid-13c.), from Old French rime (fem.), related to Old Provençal rim (masc.), earlier *ritme, from Latin rithmus, from Greek rhythmos "measured motion, time, proportion" (see rhythm).

In Medieval Latin, rithmus was used for accentual, as opposed to quantitative, verse, and accentual verse usually was rhymed, hence the sense shift. Persistence of older form is due to popular association with Old English rim "number," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (see read (v.)). Phrase rhyme or reason "good sense" (chiefly used in the negative) is from late 15c. (see reason (n.)). Rhyme scheme is attested from 1931. Rhyme royal (1841) is a stanza of seven 10-syllable lines rhymed a-b-a-b-b-c-c.


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