nonsense verse

nonsense verse
noun Date: 1799 humorous or whimsical verse that features absurd characters and actions and often contains evocative but meaningless nonce words

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • nonsense verse — a form of light verse, usually for children, depicting imaginative characters in amusing situations of fantasy, whimsical in tone and with a rhythmic appeal, often employing fanciful phrases and meaningless made up words. [1790 1800] * * *… …   Universalium

  • nonsense verse — noun nonsensical writing (usually verse) • Syn: ↑amphigory • Hypernyms: ↑nonsense, ↑bunk, ↑nonsensicality, ↑meaninglessness, ↑hokum * * * a form of light verse, usually for children, depicting imaginative characters in amusing situations of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nonsense verse — /ˈnɒnsəns vɜs/ (say nonsuhns vers) noun verse conveying deliberately absurd ideas or using specially coined words, usually humorous, as the verse of the English humorist, Edward Lear, 1812–88 …   Australian English dictionary

  • nonsense poetry — nonsense verse or nonsense poetry, a type of humorous verse or poetry, usually for children, dealing with illogical and silly characters and situations, and often including meaningless words and phrases coined for the occasion: »Two English… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nonsense (disambiguation) — Nonsense is an utterance or written text that does not in fact carry any identifiable meaning. Nonsense may also mean: Abstract nonsense, a term used by mathematicians to describe certain kinds of arguments and concepts in category theory In… …   Wikipedia

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  • verse — /verrs/, n., adj., v., versed, versing. n. 1. (not in technical use) a stanza. 2. a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines of a poem. 3. a particular type of metrical line: a hexameter verse …   Universalium

  • Nonsense song — A nonsense song is a type of song written in fun using nonsense syllables at least in the chorus. Such a song generally has a simple melody and a quick (or fairly quick) tempo.[1] Contents 1 History 2 Examples …   Wikipedia

  • Nonsense word — A nonsense word, unlike a sememe, may have no definition. If it can be pronounced according to a language s phonotactics, it is a logatome. Nonsense words are used in literature for poetic or humorous effect. Proper names of real or fictional… …   Wikipedia

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