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clerihew

[kler-uh-hyoo] /ˈklɛr əˌhyu/
noun, Prosody.
1.
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.
Origin of clerihew
1925-1930
1925-30; named after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), English writer, its inventor
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  • "I shall be happy for one," said Mrs. clerihew, laying stress on the aspirate.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • "Two gills to the coffin-room, Mrs. clerihew," he cried to the woman in the kitchen.

  • In my hearing Mrs. clerihew has accused Nurse Branscome of 'carrying tales.' '

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The three kept sentry, knowing that clerihew must sooner or later return with his convoy, there being no other exit.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • But Mrs. clerihew, between her lapses, clung passionately to gentility and the world's esteem.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • For a good five minutes the pair mauled Mrs. clerihew, who, with an air of high gentility, went on ironing shirts.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It became embarrassing, though, when Mrs. clerihew accosted him next day with a precisely similar request.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • When it was time to be going she thanked Mrs. clerihew very prettily, and walked back with Brother Copas to her father's room.

    Brother Copas Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for clerihew

clerihew

/ˈklɛrɪˌhjuː/
noun
1.
a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
Word Origin
C20: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented it
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Word Origin and History for clerihew
n.

humorous verse form, 1928, from English humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), who described it in a book published 1906 under the name E. Clerihew.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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