Definition of haiku in English:



  • 1A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

    • ‘There are varied poetic forms, including narratives, jazz poems, slam poems, sestina, haiku, couplets and sonnets.’
    • ‘In class they warmed up with haiku written outside in the garden (it was a hot evening).’
    • ‘Like sonnets and haikus, text poems have to obey formal constraints - namely, they must be less than 160 characters.’
    • ‘There are several specific and essential qualities that make a poem a haiku.’
    • ‘The image has the swiftness of haiku, with its undetermined but focused looking.’
    • ‘While I had taught the simple five-seven-five syllable poems in my classroom for years, I was unaware of what it really meant to write haiku.’
    • ‘I know it is not as sublime as a haiku or a sonnet… in fact it is not sublime at all.’
    • ‘It's like writing haikus - it's such an exact and disciplined form.’
    • ‘They also mention how kamikaze pilots would write haiku before their final mission.’
    • ‘The poems and haiku section is particularly priceless.’
    • ‘This haiku (a 17 syllable epigrammatic verse) by one of Japan's greatest poets seems at first glance to have little to it.’
    • ‘He likened text message poetry to haikus, the ancient Japanese art of writing three-line poems.’
    • ‘Of course, we're not sticking religiously to the Japanese haiku rule which states that the composition must contain at least one seasonal reference.’
    • ‘But didn't the Japanese perfect this several thousand years ago with their haiku poems?’
    • ‘It's the same kind of aesthetic that goes for sonnets or haikus.’
    • ‘As you know, a haiku is a very short Japanese poem composed following certain specific rules.’
    • ‘Many Japanese haiku were written as one-line poems (written vertically).’
    • ‘I particularly like the clatter of wind through bamboo she evokes in the fifth haiku.’
    • ‘Just remember the golden rule of haiku: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables.’
    • ‘It tastes of deepening autumn and makes me long for one or two haiku [seventeen-syllable Japanese poems to capture the feeling.’
    1. 1.1A poem in English written in the form of a haiku.
      • ‘It's not surprising to discover that this famous Japanese novelist from the Neiji period also wrote haiku, since these three long short stories are equally unintelligible.’
      • ‘I called out a topic and each student quickly wrote a haiku on the board.’
      • ‘And here's a haiku that a co-worker wrote just for me!’
      • ‘Simply write the best haiku about this week's news story.’
      • ‘I'm reminded of a haiku I wrote a couple of years back that I think might describe this state of affairs.’
      • ‘They could add descriptive words, phrases or sentences, or they could write a poem, haiku, alliteration, metaphor, or perhaps words from a song.’
      • ‘One early exercise that I'm still inordinately proud of was the instruction to ‘write a haiku using only the words you can find on the racing page of the morning paper.’’
      • ‘People have written haikus that capture the algorithm for decrypting DVDs.’
      • ‘You may still comment, but if you choose to do so please write in haiku.’
      • ‘I can't quite say when I started writing haikus.’
      • ‘In a moment of summer madness I sat down to write a handful of haiku to capture the feeling of summer, of sunshine, of long days and longer evenings.’
      • ‘This is not your old English teacher's haiku, or some tired set of elegies from a bygone era.’
      • ‘It's an interesting avenue for me to explore, perhaps giving me a bridge between my more orthodox poetry and the haiku I enjoy writing so much.’
      • ‘I love reading books, taking long walks in the park, and writing haikus. (this actually is a haiku)’
      • ‘There's also haiku, written by my 12 year old son as a homework assignment recently.’
      • ‘All you have to do to win is a scribble out a haiku (that's an ancient form of Japanese Poetry) about a celebrity of our choice.’
      • ‘I've been quite bored today, so I have been trying to remember an haiku that an old flatmate of mine and I wrote a few years back.’
      • ‘She hides in the airing cupboard for hours, writes endless haikus until she falls asleep from exhaustion and succumbs to screaming fits and bouts of a strange fever.’
      • ‘Your mission: write a haiku about your favorite rock band.’
      • ‘We'd learned to write limericks in language arts last week, and today, we were going to write haikus.’


Japanese, contracted form of haikai no ku light verse.