You sometimes hear that the one word that no other word rhymes with is orange. In fact, that is a myth. There are two words that rhyme with orange. These are technically “perfect rhymes” because they are an exact rhyme. There are also many words that are “slant rhymes.” These are words that have similar, but not identical rhymes.
Words that Rhyme with Orange
Perfect rhymes are words that sound very similar to the word you want to rhyme. They usually begin with a different consonant and are followed up by different vowel combinations. Some examples are:
- Moon – soon
- Dog – frog
- Book – cook
They do not have to have exactly the same spelling though.
- Cane – rain
- Great – late
- Though – so
You can also use homonyms as rhymes. A homonym is two or more words that have different meanings, are spelled differently, but sound the same. You come across these words all the time:
- Two – to – too
- Hey – hay
- Fair – fare
- Affect – effect
- But – butt
What are the words that are perfect rhymes for orange?
- Sporange: which is a botanical term for a part of a fern (where the asexual spores are created).
- Blorenge: which is a mountain in Wales, UK.
Unfortunately, unless you are writing a song about the mountain, or about the properties of ferns, you probably are not going to be able to use them to rhyme with the word orange.
Slant rhymes are sometimes called near rhymes, imperfect rhymes, oblique rhymes, or (my favorite) lazy rhymes.
A slant rhyme is when two words have a partial, near, or close rhyme. They can share just a vowel or consonant sound. The stressed syllables of the ending consonants sound the same. The vowels that precede them do not. They are used quite a bit in poetry as well as in music. Some examples are:
- Game – grime
- Worm – swarm
- There – here
- Cart – park
One example from a song you have probably heard is in Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” (which is actually full of slant rhymes):
“Though I never knew you at all…
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled.”
What are the slant rhymes for orange?
There are quite a few:
Slant rhymes often work well in music because the performer is not always stressing the correct syllables in words. They also do not always enunciate (or clearly pronounce) each word.
Are There any Words that Do Not Have Rhymes?
There are quite a few words in the same class as orange: they are difficult (but not impossible) to rhyme. Some examples are:
You can use slant rhymes to “cheat” and make a rhyme for any word. Songwriters and poets do it all the time. But there are very few words that have no rhyme. Some examples are:
There are also a few that make life absolutely miserable for the poets and songwriters:
You are now challenged: write a poem about a silver wolf who takes a purple walrus as her husband. Throw in the word orange just for fun.
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pilfer doesnt rhyme with silver?
Well no, of course not – it’s more of a ‘slant rhyme’ as mentioned above. If Pilfer was spelt ‘Pilver’, or Silver was spelt ‘Silfer’, they’d rhyme in each case(Pilfer – Silfer, Pilver – Silver).