Definition of eye rhyme in US English:

eye rhyme


  • A similarity between words in spelling but not in pronunciation, e.g., love and move.

    • ‘Many older English poems contain rhymes that were originally true or full rhymes, but as read by modern readers are now eye rhymes.’
    • ‘Sound/wound: is this a full sonic rhyme or an eye rhyme?’
    • ‘Thus, an eye rhyme is just a traditional rhyme in which the past identity on which the rhyme is based is preserved in the spelling.’


eye rhyme

/ˈī ˌrīm/