What Rhymes With Orange?
Rhymes for Words That Have No Rhyme
There are many words that have no rhyme in the English language. "Orange" is only the most famous. Other words that have no rhyme include:
silver, purple, month, ninth, pint, wolf, opus, dangerous, marathon and discombobulate.
But just because these words have no perfect rhyme doesn't mean we can't rhyme with them. Using slant rhyme, we can rhyme with these words anyway. To add anything to the list, email escher(at)flocabulary.com
Words With No Rhyme? We Rhyme 'Em Anyway.
orange - foreign, boring, forage, porridge, door-hinge, score bench, chorus, swordfish
silver - filter, shiver, filler, deliver, liver
purple - Steve Urkel, whirlpool, urinal, hurtful, circles
month - dunce, hunts, moth, runt
ninth - mine, lines, labyrinth
pint - ain't, paint, might
wolf - gulf, fur, enough, dull
opus - flow this, rope is, lotus, bogus, psychosis
dangerous - major risk, plagiarist, cameras, game to us, spontaneous
marathon - care what's on, dandruff song, Dara's wrong, Santa's gone, paragon
discombobulate - the disco they love to hate, risky on a date, Sisqo's rollerblades
Of course, we can also try to rhyme with "orange" and other rhymeless words by slipping them into longer, multisyllabic rhymes. Like this:
The four engineers wore orange braziers.
Bronze, plus some silver and gold,
Won't be of help if you shiver when cold.
Other readers have insisted that the word "sporange" rhymes with "orange," but "sporange" appears in very few dictionaries. Apparently it's a botanical term for a sac that contains spores. Likewise the useful word "porange," which describes hair that grows where hair typically doesn't grow, is not in any dictionaries that we've found. Other readers have noted that a mountain overlooking the town of Abergavenny in Wales is named Blorenge. Some have insisted that a famous horse is buried there. In any event, the rhyme has been of use to a local bard with an extravagant name (Daffydd Traswfynnydd ap Llewellyn-Jones), who writes:
As I left Aber town one day, a suckin' on an orange,
I saw the rain clouds rolling in from the direction of the Blorenge.
But are we really counting proper nouns? If that were the case, I just might name my daughter "Laurenge," just so she can grow up saying, "I rhyme with a rhymeless word."
Still others have noted that "curple" rhymes with "purple." True. But the word - which means "hind-quarters or rump of a horse" - is no longer in much use. I guess it's up to us to bring it back. Others say we should include "nurple" - as in "purple nurple," a slang term for a very painful prank. But that slang term hasn't made its way into Webster's yet, even if "bootylicious" has.
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