Definition of nonsense verse in US English:

nonsense verse

noun

  • Originally: nonsensical verse. Later: whimsical or nonsensical verse intended to amuse by absurdity; an example of this, specifically a limerick; (in plural also) verses consisting of words arranged solely with reference to the metre and rhyme scheme, without regard to the sense.

Origin

Late 17th century. From nonsense + verse.

Pronunciation

nonsense verse

/ˈnɒns(ə)ns ˌvəːs/