Definition of near rhyme in English:

near rhyme


  • Rhyming in which the words sound the same but do not rhyme perfectly.

    Also called off rhyme
    • ‘This is a near rhyme for another word which uses the same Arabic letters.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Southern and Midland American English add a vowel not used elsewhere in words like loft which results in a near rhyme with lout.’
    • ‘We talked to the students again about ‘forced rhyming’ and ‘near rhymes,’ then asked them to continue their rhyming list (in a different colored marker) by adding forced-and near-rhymes.’
    • ‘That truth is represented not only in content but also in the word-play involved in using ‘cover’ and ‘over entirely’ to create a near rhyme ending of ‘recovery.’’