What Words Rhyme With Orange?

From nursery rhymes to the latest hip-hop songs, children’s lives are filled with rhyme everywhere they look…or read…or listen. Always enjoyable and sometimes enlightening, rhymes add a little extra fun to everything from poetry to song lyrics.

Rhyme refers to the repetition of similar sounds in two or more words. For instance, bat, cat, hat, and rat rhyme. Rhyme can also describe a short rhyming poem, like a nursery rhyme.

Rhyme has existed for a long time. The Shi Jing, a book of Chinese poetry, contains the oldest evidence of rhyming, dating back to the 10th century B.C.

Some scholars believe that Irish literature introduced rhyme to medieval Europe in the 7th century. The oldest English rhyming poem is thought to be The Rhyming Poem. Written in Old English (which is quite different from today’s English!), this 87-line poem from the 10th century consists of rhyming couplets (pairs of rhyming lines).

As most authors and poets know, rhyme creates repetitive patterns that are pleasing to the ear. These patterns often serve as mnemonic devices, helping listeners remember rhyming passages better than non-rhyming ones.

Regular use of rhyme also assists authors and poets in structuring their works. Readers often find them easier to read because the rhyming patterns clearly indicate the end of lines.

Furthermore, let’s be honest: Rhyme is simply enjoyable. Take a look at the two examples below. Which do you prefer?

Example One:

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
My name is Jed.
My favorite flower is you.

Example Two:

Roses are red.
Violets are purple.
Jed is my name.
You’re the apple of my eye.

We assume that you probably preferred Example One (with rhyme) over Example Two (without rhyme). Are we correct?

Unfortunately, not all of the billions of people who have influenced language throughout history always considered rhyme. For instance, in English, there are numerous words that have no rhymes.

The four most common nonrhyming words are orange, silver, purple, and month. Although orange technically rhymes with sporange (a rare shortened version of sporangium), it’s not a term you’re likely to use in everyday conversation — unless maybe you’re a botanist!

There are many other words that have no rhymes. Can you think of any? If you’re an author or a poet, what should you do if you want to use one of these words?

Some authors may attempt to be clever by rhyming a word like orange with a combination of words, such as door hinge. We all know that’s technically cheating, though.

More often, authors will simply find a synonym (a word with the same or similar meaning) to use instead of the non-rhyming word. For example, orange might be replaced with amber or citrus, depending on the meaning the author wants to convey.

Another option is to simply place the nonrhyming word in a different position. Instead of at the end, where it might need to rhyme, an author might place the word at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.

So, instead of “the orange attracted the bee,” a poet might say, “the orange on the tree attracted the bee.”

Give It a Try

Are you prepared to create rhymes? Make sure to explore the following activities with a companion or family member:

  • Visit the Rhyme Zone website to discover rhyming words for some of those challenging words that are difficult to rhyme. Challenge a friend to come up with words that rhyme with random words that you choose. Take turns generating rhyming words and turn it into an enjoyable competition!
  • Do you enjoy rhyming? Do you like playing cards? Now you can do both! Visit Time To Rhyme — Go Fish! online to learn how to play this familiar game with a rhyming twist. Have a great time playing with your friends and family members!
  • We believe you have a hidden talent for poetry… Do you think you can write a clever rhyming story or poem like Dr. Seuss? We believe you can. For inspiration, pick up an old Dr. Seuss favorite from the shelf, or go to the library to borrow a couple of Dr. Seuss books. Try to write a story that includes the following words in rhyming positions: orange, silver, purple, and month. While these words don’t rhyme with anything in the English language, that never stopped Dr. Seuss from inventing new words that made his rhyming stories so magical. Let your imagination run wild and have fun writing a rhyming story or poem that will forever solve the question, “What rhymes with orange?”

Sources of Wonder

  • https://literarydevices.net/rhyme/
  • http://www.indepthinfo.com/articles/words-that-do-not-rhyme.shtml

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