Definition of nursery rhyme in US English:

nursery rhyme


  • A simple traditional song or poem for children.

    • ‘For hundreds of years, he was left shattered after falling off a wall but Humpty Dumpty has been put back together in a politically correct version of the nursery rhyme.’
    • ‘Page was familiar with verse - especially the cadence and rhythm of the nursery rhyme - and with the idea of creating one's own books.’
    • ‘Parents spend so little time with their children that they begin school unable to speak properly or recite the simplest nursery rhyme, according to a Government study.’
    • ‘Vera mentions the nursery rhyme framed in her room - everyone else quickly mentions that each of them has a framed nursery rhyme as well.’
    • ‘The song, Crooked Man, moves from an innocent nursery rhyme to chilling global politics.’
    • ‘In the nursery rhyme Mary brought her lamb to school but they went even further at Saint John's school in Sligo on Monday, when they also had cows, pigs and poultry.’
    • ‘Little Molly, all of four years old, hair adorned in silver and red tinsel, has just stepped up from the stalls to sing her favourite nursery rhyme, Sing A Song Of Sixpence.’
    • ‘Besides being able to sing Jan Pierewiet and the opening lines of Tipperary, he has a vocabulary of 130 words which includes the nursery rhyme, Georgie Porgie.’
    • ‘Long before kids start school, parents begin to teach them language with the primitive poetry of the nursery rhyme.’
    • ‘Her hair reminded me of the old nursery rhyme Sam, Sam, dirty old man; washed his face in the frying pan; combed his hair with the leg of the chair, Sam, Sam, dirty old man.'’
    • ‘Yet it is difficult for consumers to wrap their minds around the concept of whey; most know the term only in conjunction with a spider and a nursery rhyme.’
    • ‘But in practice, the words of a nursery rhyme are unlikely to carry the same authority as, say, those of the Constitution of the United States of America.’
    • ‘Frederick - the ‘grand old Duke of York’ immortalised in the nursery rhyme, was the son of George III and the brother of George IV.’
    • ‘If I click on an illuminated cherry, a 16 th-century picture of a toy appears and a verse from a nursery rhyme is spoken.’
    • ‘A former building on the site was the home of Prince Frederick, the Duke of York, and the nursery rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York is thought to refer to the prince marching his soldiers up a nearby hill.’
    • ‘Ken Campbell's slapstick take on the nursery rhyme for Unicorn Theatre bears the old rogue's unmistakable signatures of anarchic humour and lurking menace.’
    • ‘One time I even saw a teacher tell the children to copy down a nursery rhyme out of a book.’
    • ‘Astrud's little-girl voice could be singing a nursery rhyme, for the absent-minded ease with which she delivers this classic by The Doors.’
    • ‘A traditional nursery rhyme catches this numinous mode of apprehending space and time.’
    • ‘The trial begins, and the White Rabbit reads the accusation, which sounds a lot like a nursery rhyme.’


nursery rhyme

/ˈnərs(ə)ri ˌraɪm//ˈnərs(ə)rē ˌrīm/