The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (or OEDILF) has published more than 97,000 definitions written in the singsong poetry of a five-line limerick. Here are some examples selected from the website.


When my paint bottles spilled, how I swore!

They spread red, blue and yellow; what’s more,

Purple, orange and green

Then appeared in the scene

As an abstract was formed on the floor.

—by art bates


The waters where babies should frolic

Whenever they’re subject to cholic

Are aequeosalino-



—by Graham Lester


Here’s a boilerplate limerick style:

The rhythm and meter beguile.

The lines at the core

Are too droll to ignore,

And a joke at the end makes you smile.

—by David Schildkret

CCTV (closed-circuit television)

What’s to fear from a camera or three

And appearing on CCTV?

Having every move tracked

Is a comfort, in fact.

Why, the state’s like a brother to me.

—by speedysnail


Many websites you may have been cruising.

Time to close some you’re no longer using:

Hold Control plus one key:

Don’t think “close” and press “C” —

No, it’s W. Ain’t that confusing?

—by zqms


Trigger knows about physics, of course,

When it deals just with speed, mass or force.

But his mind tends to jam

On “I think, so I am.”

So please don’t put Descartes ‘fore this horse.

—by zqms


Emotional blackmail’s the way

I control him. I just have to say,

“If you leave me, I’ll cry,

Or possibly die.”

And his guilt makes me sure he will stay.

—by AndrewB


When I spotted the typo, I cursed,

“Damn, this limerick is one of my worst!”

Had I fixed it, it could

Have been passably good.

I regret now not checking it fist.

—by Chris J. Strolin and Bob Egg


Please, you must go! Goodnight, and adieu.

I’m just … busy. Yes. That. Things to do …

(It’s a full moon tonight—

When that orb’s round and bright,

I’ll be busy, all right.) Ah_AROOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

—by Reia Light


The gizzard, as most here will know,

Is the route bird’s digestion must go.

This stomach, the second,

Grinds food (so it’s reckoned);

The first lets digestive juice flow.

—by psheil

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