- A doggerel poem or verse.
- 1895, w:Stephen_Crane, Stephen Crane,The Red Badge of Courage, ch. 8,
- :As he marched he sang a bit of in a high and quavering voice:
- ::"Sing a song 'a vic'try,
- ::A pocketful 'a bullets,
- ::Five an' twenty dead men
- ::Baked in a"pie."
- (context, poetry) Of a crude or irregular construction. (Originally applied to humorous verse, but now to verse lacking artistry or meaning.)
- 1678, w:John_Dryden, John Dryden, "Prologue to Limberham," lines 1-4,
- :True wit has seen its best days long ago;
- :It ne'er look'd up, since we were dipp'd in show:
- :When sense in rhymes and clouds was lost,
- :And dulness flourish'd at the actors' cost.
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