Named after the English humourist and novelist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), who invented the rhyme.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈklɛɹɨˌhjuː/
- (General American) enPR: klĕrʹĭ-hyo͞o', IPA(key): /ˈklɛɹɪ̈ˌhju/
- Hyphenation: cle‧ri‧hew
• Sir Christopher Wren
clerihew (plural clerihews)
- A humorous rhyme of four lines with the rhyming scheme AABB, usually regarding a person mentioned in the first line. [from 1920s]
- 1984, Cum Notis Variorum: The Newsletter of the Music Library, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.: Music Library, University of California, Berkeley, ISSN 0161-1186, OCLC 3856408, page 115:
- CLERIHEW CONTEST. CNV announces a clerihew contest, with the best examples to be published in this newsletter.
- 2008, Christopher Foyle, Foyle’s Further Philavery: A Cornucopia of Lexical Delights, Edinburgh: Chambers, →ISBN, page 38:
- A clerihew must contain the subject's name in the first line, be four lines in length, consist of two sets of rhyming couplets, have third and fourth lines longer than the first and second, and take a whimsical rather than cynical view of its subject.
- 2009, Иностранные языки в школе [Foreign Languages at School], Moscow: Гос. учебно-педагог. изд-во Министерства просвещения РСФСР [Ministry of Education of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic], ISSN 0130-6073, OCLC 1753168, page 32:
- 2009, Paul Joel Freeman, “Perverse”, in Wit in English, [Bloomington, Ind.]: Xlibris, →ISBN, page 256:
- This form was initiated by Edmund Clerihew Bentley who throughout his life kept churning out Clerihews, the name they ultimately became known by; he had published three collections under the name E. Clerihew.
- 2017, E[dmund] C[lerihew] Bentley; H. Warner Allen, “Introduction”, in Trent’s Own Case (The Detective Club), London: HarperCollins Publishers, →ISBN:
- Warner Allen's own creation, the wine merchant William Clerihew, had appeared in 'Tokay of the Comet Year', a short story published in 1930, and also in the book Mr. Clerihew: Wine Merchant three years later. […] The Clerihew name was a hat-tip to [Edmund Clerihew] Bentley, who had, long before, devised the humorous four-line verse form known as the clerihew.