Rhymes:English

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Notes on rhymes[edit]

  • Two words are rhymes if they are stressed on the same syllable, counting from the end of the words, and are pronounced identically from the vowel in their stressed syllable to the end, but differ in sound immediately before that vowel.
  • Wiktionary follows this strict definition of a rhyme. For example:
    • best, request and underdressed are all rhymes, because they are all stressed on the final syllable and are pronounced identically from the vowel sound in that syllable to the end of the word.
    • undid and liquid are not rhymes, as they are stressed on different syllables (the final and penultimate syllables, respectively).
  • Note, however, that some entries list "partial rhymes", meaning words that end in the same pronunciation but are stressed on different syllables, counting from the end. Words in these sections are words that have no true rhymes and do not appear on other pages.

Organization of rhymes[edit]

  • To find rhymes for a word, either:
    • Determine which vowel, diphthong or triphthong is stressed in the word, find the sound in the table below (which gives examples of words containing each of the vowel sounds of English) and follow the appropriate link. This will take you to a page for rhymes stressed on the final syllable, while rhymes for words stressed on an earlier syllable can be found by following the links ending in "..." in the table.
    • Find the word's entry in Wikitionary, from where there may be a link to the appropriate Rhymes page.

Guide to adding new rhymes[edit]

  • If you wish to add a page of rhymes not already listed here, do so by following the links in one of the tables below and creating a suitable link if one is not already given. Note the following conventions:
    • Words containing r are listed on a separate page from those that don’t contain that r, in order to distinguish between rhotic and non-rhotic accents. For example, pa and par are to be found on separate pages. There are links from each page to the other for the benefit of speakers of non-rhotic accents, for whom the words in the one set are rhymes for the words in the other. Links to rhymes containing an r in or after the stressed syllable have this r bracketed, to show that it is not pronounced in non-rhotic accents. For example, par is found on the page for rhymes ending in -ɑː(r).
    • In words ending in an unstressed syllable that sounds like “ee” or “i” (such as “happy”, “pixie”, “mini” and “coffee”), Wiktionary policy is to represent this vowel sound by the IPA symbol /i/ rather than the “short” /ɪ/ or “long” /iː/ (see the appropriate discussion in the beer parlour). In such words where the final syllable is stressed (such as “agree”), the final vowel sound is represented by /iː/.
    • Similarly, in words ending in an unstressed syllable that sounds like “oo” (such as “into”, “igloo” and “menu”), this vowel is represented by the IPA symbol /u/ rather than the “short” /ʊ/ or “long” /uː/. In such words where the final syllable is stressed (such as “canoe”), the final vowel sound is represented by /uː/.
    • Links in the tables for each vowel sound are ordered by the consonant sound immediately after the stressed vowel sound, in the following alphabetical order, which reflects the typical spelling of words for each rhyme: <no consonant>, b, ch (/tʃ/, as in “church”), ch (/x/, as in Scottish “loch”), d, f, g, j, k, l, m, n, ng (/ŋ/ as in “thing”), nk (/ŋk/, as in “think”), p, qu (/kw/ as in “quick”), r, s, sf, sh (/ʃ/ as in “shape”), sk (etc), t, th (/θ/, as in “think”), th (/ð/, as in “that”), tr, v, w, x (/ks/, as in “box”), y (/j/, as in “yes”), z. Insert your link at the appropriate place in the table and provide an example rhyme.

Accents[edit]

Attempting to represent all accents of all varieties of English in the rhymes table would make them impossible to manage and of little value to a speaker of just one type of English. The rhymes are therefore organised by standard UK pronunciation alone (based on Received Pronunciation: see the table below). UK English was chosen over any other variety of English because that is the variety of English used by the contributor who has entered almost all of the rhymes (Paul G). (Personal note: This is not with the intent to introduce bias — UK pronunciations are what I have available, as a speaker of British English. I have entered many thousands of rhymes and have many thousands more to do. I do not intend to give myself a lifetime’s work by entering rhymes for other varieties of English. If someone else would like to commit themselves to this, taking care to mark these rhymes as being for a particular variety of English, they might like to do so. A less arduous, if not ideal, solution would be to create tables, as for General American pronuncation below, for other varieties of English to show where to find rhymes for these. — Paul G 09:12, 28 June 2006 (UTC))

Because of national and regional variations in pronunciation, some indices will inevitably contain words that some speakers do not consider to be rhymes.

A few rhymes using US pronunciations are given in the lists where words appear in different lists because of differences between UK and US pronunciation. Otherwise, for rhymes in US English, use the guide under General American pronunciation below.

Received Pronunciation[edit]

Similar
to...
"Long" "Short" Other
a may
/eɪ/
pap
/æ/
pa, par
/ɑː/, /ɑː(r)/
e me
/iː/
pep
/ɛ/
yeah, pear
/ɛə/, /ɛə(r)/
i my
/aɪ/
pip
/ɪ/
pier
/ɪə(r)/
mire
/aɪə(r)/
o mow
/əʊ/
pop
/ɒ/
paw, pore
/ɔː/, /ɔː(r)/
cow
/aʊ/
toy
/ɔɪ/
u moo, mew
/uː/, /juː/
pup
/ʌ/
colonel, purr
/ɜː/, /ɜː(r)/
foot
/ʊ/
poor, pure
/ʊə/, /jʊə/

General American pronunciation[edit]

The rhymes index above is structured by standard British pronunciation. Thus American and other dialects may need to consult multiple pages for words that rhyme.

  • Indices distinguish between words containing an “r” sound and those that do not, so, for example, “pa” and “par” feature in separate lists.
Similar
to...
"Long" "Short" Other
a may
/e/ or /eɪ/
pap
/æ/
e me
/i/ from /iː/
/i/ from /ɪə/
pep
/ɛ/ from /ɛ/
pear
/ɛ(ə)r/
hear
/i(ə)r/
i my
/aɪ/
pip
/ɪ/
mire
/aɪr/ from /aɪə(r)/
o mow
/o/ or /oʊ/
pop, paw
/ɑ/ from /ɒ/
/ɑ/ from /ɑː/
/ɑ/ from /ɔː/
pore
/o(ə)r/
cow
/aʊ/
toy
/ɔɪ/
oo noose
/u/
foot
/ʊ/
poor
/ʊ(ə)r/
u muse
/ju/
pup
/ʌ/
pure
/ju(ə)r/
colonel, purr
/ɜ/ from /ɜː/
/ɝ/ from /ɜː(r)/

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