Versify vs Rhyme - What's the difference?

versify | rhyme |

As verbs the difference between versify and rhyme

is that versify is (ambitransitive) to make or compose verses while rhyme is (obsolete) to number; count; reckon.

As a noun rhyme is

(obsolete) number.




  • (ambitransitive) to make or compose verses
  • * Dryden
  • I'll versify in spite, and do my best.
  • to tell in verse; deal with in verse form
  • to turn (prose) into poetry; rewrite in verse form
  • Derived terms

    * (l)



    (wikipedia rhyme)

    Alternative forms

    * (l) * (l) (obsolete)


  • (obsolete) Number.
  • (countable, uncountable) Rhyming verse (poetic form)
  • Many editors say they don't want stories written in rhyme .
  • A thought expressed in verse; a verse; a poem; a tale told in verse.
  • Tennyson’s rhymes
  • (countable) A word that rhymes with another.
  • Norse poetry is littered with rhymes''' like "'''s'''ól ... '''s unnan".
    Rap makes use of rhymes such as "money ... honey" and "nope ... dope".
  • # (countable, in particular) A word that rhymes with another, in that it is pronounced identically with the other word from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end.
  • "Awake" is a rhyme for "lake".
  • (uncountable) Rhyming: sameness of sound of part of some words.
  • The poem exhibits a peculiar form of rhyme .
  • (countable, uncountable) Rhyming verse (poetic form).
  • (linguistics)
  • Hyponyms

    * stave-rhyme, end rhyme * internal rhyme, cross rhyme * half rhyme, near rhyme: ** pararhyme, slant rhyme * full rhyme, perfect rhyme, exact rhyme, true rhyme

    Derived terms

    * rhyme or reason * eye rhyme * female rhyme * male rhyme * rhyme royal * sight rhyme * nursery rhyme


  • (obsolete) To number; count; reckon.
  • (ambitransitive) To compose or treat in verse; versify.
  • * 1742 , , The Dunciad , book 4, lines 101-102:
  • There marched the bard and blockhead, side by side,
    Who rhymed for hire, and patronized for pride.
  • Of a word, to be pronounced identically with another from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end.
  • "Creation" rhymes with "integration" and "station".
  • (reciprocal) Of two or more words, to be pronounced identically from the vowel in the stressed syllable of each to the end of each.
  • "Mug" and "rug" rhyme .
    "India" and "windier" rhyme with each other in non-rhotic accents.
  • To put words together so that they rhyme.
  • I rewrote it to make it rhyme .

    Derived terms

    * rhyme off * rhyming slang