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.

    • ‘He likened text message poetry to haikus, the ancient Japanese art of writing three-line poems.’
    • ‘Many Japanese haiku were written as one-line poems (written vertically).’
    • ‘It's the same kind of aesthetic that goes for sonnets or haikus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I know it is not as sublime as a haiku or a sonnet… in fact it is not sublime at all.’
    • ‘But didn't the Japanese perfect this several thousand years ago with their haiku poems?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you know, a haiku is a very short Japanese poem composed following certain specific rules.’
    • ‘The poems and haiku section is particularly priceless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The image has the swiftness of haiku, with its undetermined but focused looking.’
    • ‘Of course, we're not sticking religiously to the Japanese haiku rule which states that the composition must contain at least one seasonal reference.’
    • ‘There are several specific and essential qualities that make a poem a haiku.’
    • ‘They also mention how kamikaze pilots would write haiku before their final mission.’
    • ‘It tastes of deepening autumn and makes me long for one or two haiku [seventeen-syllable Japanese poems to capture the feeling.’
    • ‘It's like writing haikus - it's such an exact and disciplined form.’
    • ‘This haiku (a 17 syllable epigrammatic verse) by one of Japan's greatest poets seems at first glance to have little to it.’
    • ‘There are varied poetic forms, including narratives, jazz poems, slam poems, sestina, haiku, couplets and sonnets.’
    1. 1.1 A poem in English written in the form of a haiku.
      • ‘I called out a topic and each student quickly wrote a haiku on the board.’
      • ‘This is not your old English teacher's haiku, or some tired set of elegies from a bygone era.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘And here's a haiku that a co-worker wrote just for me!’
      • ‘People have written haikus that capture the algorithm for decrypting DVDs.’
      • ‘Your mission: write a haiku about your favorite rock band.’
      • ‘I love reading books, taking long walks in the park, and writing haikus. (this actually is a haiku)’
      • ‘They could add descriptive words, phrases or sentences, or they could write a poem, haiku, alliteration, metaphor, or perhaps words from a song.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘There's also haiku, written by my 12 year old son as a homework assignment recently.’
      • ‘You may still comment, but if you choose to do so please write in haiku.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm reminded of a haiku I wrote a couple of years back that I think might describe this state of affairs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Simply write the best haiku about this week's news story.’
      • ‘We'd learned to write limericks in language arts last week, and today, we were going to write haikus.’
      • ‘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.’


Japanese, contracted form of haikai no ku ‘light verse’.