Rhymes: Definition, Types and Useful List of Rhyming Words

Whether you have written, read, or heard poetry, you’ve likely come across a rhyme. Rhymes are common literary tools that pair similarly sounding syllables and words. Often used in poems and songs, rhymes can be fun, humorous, and educational. Unlike prose, which is plain text, rhymes rely on the way in which words sound, not just what they mean. There are many ways words can rhyme, and learning to use them can improve your writing and serve as a useful creative exercise.

Rhymes

What Is A Rhyme?

Rhymes are repeated, similar sounds that are used as literary tools. They can be used as mnemonic devices to help memorize or learn facts, as well as to entertain and engage young readers like in nursery rhymes. While often associated with poetry, rhymes have been used in literature for centuries in ballads, songs, and even the Bible.

Types of Rhymes

There are several types of rhymes, which can be used for different reasons depending on the medium and desired effect.

  • The first is the perfect rhyme, in which two words have the same sounds in every syllable. This is most common in words with fewer syllables, as it is easier to achieve. Examples include “happy” and “sappy,” “host” and “most,” “fleece” and “geese.”
  • The next type is the syllabic rhyme, in which the last syllables have similar sounds, but not necessarily the same stressed vowel, like in “bitter” and “batter.”
  • Similarly, assonance or slant rhyme are words with the same vowel sounds like “tall” and “mall,” care” and “bare.” Consonance rhymes are words in which the consonants are similarly sounding, like in “shin” and “sheen,” “stop” and “stoop.”
  • Head rhymes or alliteration are similar to consonance in that they rely on similarly sounding first letters. Examples include “slippery” and “slope,” “crown” and “crow.”
  • Another common type of rhyme is the imperfect rhyme, in which an unstressed syllable in one word rhymes with a stressed syllable in another, as in “sing” and “hoping,” “tan” and “curtain.”

How you use rhymes and what type of rhyme is completely up to you. Moreover, many words can be made into rhymes by adding suffixed like -ly, -ed, and -ing. Finding words that rhyme can be a fun tool to learn to write and test out your creativity.

Rhyming Words List

Words that rhyme with you:

accrue, adieu, askew, bamboo, blue, boo, brew, canoe, cashew, chew, clue, construe, corkscrew, coup, crew, cue, dew, do, drew, ensue, eschew, ewe, few, flew, flu, flue, fondue, glue, gnu, goo, grew, hue, imbue, knew, lieu, loo, mew, moo, mu, new, nu, ooh, pew, phew, poo, pooh, queue, rue, screw, shampoo, shoe, shrew, Sioux, skew, slew, spew, sprue, stew, strew, sue, sew, tattoo, threw, through, thru, to, too, true, two, voodoo, view, withdrew, whew, who, yew, zoo

Words that rhyme with me:

There are many words that rhyme with me. Any word in which the suffix -ly can be added will rhyme with me. This adds hundreds of options like clearly, smoothly, happily, sadly, madly.

be, fee, flea, flee, free, gee, glee, he, key, knee, pea, pee, plea, prix, sea, see, she, ski, spree, tea, tee, thee, three, tree, we, wee

Words that rhyme with orange:

Orange is the classic word that people use as an example of an impossible word to rhyme. While it is difficult, there is one unconventional word that does technically rhyme, which is sporange. Sporange is a botanical term for a spore case and is not often heard. Some people argue that the word gorringe also rhymes with orange, but this is technically a surname.

Words that rhyme with love:

above, dove, glove, of, shove, thereof

Words that rhyme with life:

fife, knife, rife, strife, wife

Words that rhyme with time:

chime, climb, crime, dime, grime, lime, mime, paradigm, prime, rhyme, slime, sublime, thyme

Words that rhyme with day:

allay, anime, array, ashtray, away, ballet, bay, betray, bey, bouquet, brae, bray, cabaret, cafe, cay, clay, cliche, convey, crochet, croquet, decay, defray, delay, disarray, dismay, display, dossier, essay, fay, fey, filet, flay, fray, gay, gray, grey, halfway, hay, hey, hooray, hurray, jay, lay, lei, matinee, may, nay, neigh, obey, okay, overplay, overpay, overstay, pay, play, portray, pray, prepay, prey, free, purvey, ray, repay, replay, risqué, say, shay, slay, sleigh, sorbet, spray, stay, stray, survey, sway, they, today, toupee, tray, underpay, underway, valet, way, weigh, whey

Words that rhyme with world:

curled, furled, hurled, swirled, twirled, whirled, unfruled

Words that rhyme with up:

closeup, cup, pop, sup

Words that rhyme with heart:

apart, art, cart, chart, dart, depart, fart, hart, impart, mart, part, restart, smart, start, tart, tart

Words that rhyme with home:

chrome, comb, dome, foam, gnome, loam, roam, tome

Words that rhyme with again:

den, glen, hen, men, pen, ten, then, when, wren, yen

Words that rhyme with one:

begun, bun, done, dun, fun, gun, hun, none, nun, outdone, outrun, overdone, pun, redone, rerun, run, shun, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, undone, won

Words that rhyme with night:

alight, alright, bite, blight, bright, byte, cite, contrite, delight, despite, excite, fight, flight, forthright, fright, height, ignite, incite, invite, kite, knight, light, lite, might, mite, outright, plight, polite, quite, recite, reunite, rewrite, right, rite, satellite, sight, site, spite, tight, tonight, trite, upright, uptight, white, write

Words that rhyme with back:

aback, attack, black, clack, crack, flak, hack, jack, knack, lack, mac, mack, pack, plaque, quack, rack, repack, sac, sack, shack, slack, smack, snack, stack, track, wack, whack, yack, yak

Words that rhyme with now:

allow, avow, bow, brow, chow, cow, disallow, disavow, dow, endow, how, meow, plough, plow, pow, prow, scow, sow, thou, vow, wow, yow

Words that rhyme with out:

about, bout, clout, devout, doubt, drought, flout, gout, grout, kraut, lout, pout, scout, shout, snout, spout, sprout, stout, throughout, tout, trout, without

Words that rhyme with blue:

Blue actually rhymes with the word you, so it has the same list:

accrue, adieu, askew, bamboo, boo, brew, canoe, cashew, chew, clue, construe, corkscrew, coup, crew, cue, dew, do, drew, ensue, eschew, ewe, few, flew, flu, flue, fondue, glue, gnu, goo, grew, hue, imbue, knew, lieu, loo, mew, moo, mu, new, nu, ooh, pew, phew, poo, pooh, queue, rue, screw, shampoo, shoe, shrew, Sioux, skew, slew, spew, sprue, stew, strew, sue, sew, tattoo, threw, through, thru, to, too, true, two, voodoo, view, withdrew, whew, who, yew, you, zoo

Words that rhyme with it:

acquit, admit, bit, commit, emit, fit, git, grit, hit, kit, knit, lit, omit, permit, pit, quit, remit, sit, slit, split, submit, transmit, tit, unfit, whit, wit, writ

Words that rhyme with more:

abhor, adore, anymore, ashore, before, boar, bore, chore, core, decor, deplore, door, drawer, expire, floor, for, fore, forevermore, four, galore, guarantor, gore, hardcore, heretofore, hoar, ignore, implore, lore, offshore, outscore, postwar, pore, poor, pour, prepare, rapport, restore, roar, score, shore, snore, soar, sore, spore, store, swore, tore, underscore, wore, yore, your

Words that rhyme with down:

brown, clown, crown, drown, frown, gown, noun, town, renown

Words that rhyme with go:

aglow, ago, although, beau, below, bestow, blow, bro, chateau, co, crow, doe, doh, dough, faux, flow, foe, forgo, fro, glow, grow, hello, ho, hoe, know, lo, low, mo, mow, no, outgrow, overflow, plateau, pro, roe, row, sew, show, slow, snow, so, stow, tableau, tableaux, though, throw, toe, tow, undergo, whoa, woe, yo

Words that rhyme with man:

ban, began, bran, can, clan, cyan, divan, fan, flan, gan, gran, Japan, nan, pan, plan, ran, rattan, san, saran, scan, sedan, span, tan, than, van

Words that rhyme with girl:

burl, curl, furl, hurl, pearl, swirl, twirl, unfurl, whirl

Words that rhyme with all:

appall, ball, bawl, befall, brawl, call, crawl, drawl, enthrall, fall, gall, hall, haul, install, mall, maul, scrawl, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, tall, thrall, wall, yawl

Words that rhyme with alone:

atone, bemoan, blown, bone, clone, condone, cone, cyclone, dethrone, disown, drone, flown, groan, homegrown, hone, intone, known, loan, lone, moan, overblown, overgrown, overthrown, outgrown, outshone, phone, postpone, prone, roan, scone, sewn, shone, sown, stone, throne, thrown, tone, trombone, unbeknown, unknown, zone

Words that rhyme with us:

bus, discuss, fuss, plus, pus, thus, truss

Words that rhyme with away:

Away rhymes with day, so it shares the same list:

allay, anime, array, ashtray, ballet, bay, betray, bey, bouquet, brae, bray, cabaret, cafe, cay, clay, cliche, convey, crochet, croquet, day, decay, defray, delay, disarray, dismay, display, dossier, essay, fay, fey, filet, flay, fray, gay, gray, grey, halfway, hay, hey, hooray, hurray, jay, lay, lei, matinee, may, nay, neigh, obey, okay, overplay, overpay, overstay, pay, play, portray, pray, prepay, prey, free, purvey, ray, repay, replay, risqué, say, shay, slay, sleigh, sorbet, spray, stay, stray, survey, sway, they, today, toupee, tray, underpay, underway, valet, way, weigh, whey

Words that rhyme with see:

See rhymes with me, so it also has the same list, including all of the words which the suffix -ly can be added:

be, fee, flea, flee, free, gee, glee, he, key, knee, me, pea, pee, plea, prix, sea, she, ski, spree, tea, tee, thee, three, tree, we, wee

Words that rhyme with mind:

aligned, assigned, behind, bind, blind, combined, confined, consigned, declined, defined, designed, dined, disinclined, divined, enshrined, entwined, find, fined, grind, hind, humankind, inclined, intertwined, kind, lined, maligned, mankind, mined, opined, reclined, redefined, redesigned, refined, remind, resigned, rind, shined, signed, twined, undefined, underlined, undermined, undersigned, unkind, unsigned, whined, wind

Words that rhyme with end:

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defend, depend, descend, expend, extend, fend, friend, intend, lend, mend, offend, penned, pretend, recommend, rend, send, spend, suspend, tend, transcend, trend, vend

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