Definition of clerihew in English:

clerihew

noun

  • A short comic or nonsensical verse, typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length and referring to a famous person.

    • ‘If you don't know what a ‘clerihew’ is, I will explain next week, with another example - perhaps about David Beckham.’
    • ‘The literary form, the clerihew, was invented by a schoolboy, all about Sir Humphrey Davy who lived with the odium of having discovered sodium.’
    • ‘There are also some laughs in the chapter on clerihews.’
    • ‘Much of the lightest verse of Rochester or Buckingham has as sharp a wit as one of E. C. Bentley's clerihews.’

Origin

1920s: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley (see Bentley, Edmund Clerihew), who invented it.

Pronunciation:

clerihew

/ˈklɛrɪhjuː/