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The Anatomy Of A Rhyme And What Really Rhymes With Orange

orangeLast year I wrote a humorous post, it was a list of words that rhyme with orange. All the words were completely made-up and I gave all of them funny meanings. To my continued surprise it has become the most consistently popular post on my blog (which is really funny for a software development blog, the internet works in mysterious ways :)). As you might know, orange is one of those words in the English language for which it is really difficult to find a rhyme (there are many others like silver, almond etc.). And yet, the majority of the comments on that blog posts are suggestions for some words that people believe rhyme with orange (all incorrect). Some of the other comments express disappointment that they couldn’t find any real words that rhyme with orange in my post. All this tells me 2 things:

  1. Most people don’t really know what a rhyme is
  2. Many people are really interested in words that rhyme with orange (I don’t know why, but I have learned to accept it :))

I don’t like it when people leave disappointed after reading my blog and this is why I decided to address both of the above points. For those people who believe that door hinge or syringe rhyme with orange, I will give a quick overview of the different types of rhyme. And for the curious few who want to find a real rhyme for orange I will attempt to satisfy your curiosity also.

Perfect Rhymes

When we try to find words that rhyme with each other, we are usually trying to find what’s known as a perfect rhyme (also called a true rhyme). Two words are a perfect rhyme of each other if their final stressed vowel and all sounds following it are identical e.g.:

  • sad, bad, mad
  • follow, swallow
  • ruling, fooling
  • etc.

There are 3 types of perfect rhymes:

  1. masculine – the stress is on the final syllable of the word (e.g. spent and went)
  2. feminine – the stress is on the second last syllable of the word (e.g. passion and fashion)
  3. dactylic – the stress is on the third last syllable (e.g. undemocratically and aristocratically)

That is all there is to it. If you want to find perfect rhymes for words, that’s all you need to know.

Imperfect Rhymes

When we use the word rhyme in a general sense (at least as far as words are concerned) we are usually talking about words that sound phonetically similar in some way, but which are not true rhymes. Phonetically similar words can be classified in a number of ways:

  • half rhyme – two words have a matching final consonant
  • imperfect rhyme – a rhyme between a stressed syllable and an unstressed one
  • oblique rhyme – a rhyme where the match in sound is imperfect
  • consonance – words have matching consonants
  • assonance – words have some matching vowels
  • alliteration – words have a matching initial consonant
  • etc.

The point is there are many different types of imperfect rhyme, and because of this with some types of imperfect rhyme (such as oblique rhymes) almost any word can be considered an imperfect rhyme of almost any other. In short, it becomes extremely subjective.

Imperfect rhymes can be used in verse (and have been since ancient times), but that does not make them true rhymes, which is what most people would refer to when they talk about rhyme (i.e. in general conversation we tend to use the word rhyme in a strict sense – a perfect rhyme). This is why we can’t really say that door hinge or syringe rhyme with orange. They are certainly imperfect rhymes (since pretty much anything can be), but they are not true rhymes unless we decide to use the word rhyme in it’s general sense (which noone does in day-to-day conversation).

I’ve given only a very basic explanation about rhymes and rhyming and only as far as specific words are concerned. If you want to dig deeper into the ‘science’ of poetry, there is a lot more to know about rhyme. How to organize verse, tetrameters, hexameters etc. Feel free to explore if you’re interested (Google is your friend).

What Really Rhymes With Orange

And so we’re back to oranges :). So, are there any real words that perfectly rhyme with orange? Well, it is a little complicated. Technically speaking orange is considered to be a word that doesn’t have any perfect rhymes, however we can always resort to a trick. We can always make up words as long as we make them proper names. You could therefore make up a name that would be a perfect rhyme for orange. Infact such names already exist:

Gorringe – is a family name and if you choose to pronounce it in a particular way it can rhyme with orange.

Blorange – is a mountain in south east Wales. Once again, if you choose to pronounce it in a particular way it will also rhyme with orange. It is however not strictly correct as despite the way it’s spelt, it is not pronounced the same (the correct pronunciation is – Blorins).

The only non-proper-name word that can rhyme with orange is:

Sporange – a plant that produces spores. This one is also arguable since, technically speaking, it should be sporangium rather than sporange since sporangia is the plural form of the word.

That’s it. There are no other words in the English language that can be considered a perfect rhyme of orange, so if you don’t like the above three and don’t want to make up a proper name of your own, you’re out of luck. Personally I don’t like any of the above three words and while I normally have no problems making up words/names when I need to, anything you’re likely to come up with to rhyme with orange will undoubtedly just sounds stupid (try it if you don’t believe me :)).

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  • BC

    that’s really interesting; good article :)

  • aj

    door hendge

    • Alan Skorkin

      oh the spelling! the spelling of it all :)

  • Bill Melater

    Orange orange bo barange banana fana fo forange fe fi mo orange-

    Let’s do Chuck!

  • Charlie


  • Wendy L

    I have a question. Can you rhyme a singular word with a plural word such as “Teds and Bed” as in Teddy Bears and a sleeping bed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Alan Skorkin

      I would say no, not if you want it to be a true rhyme, for that the last syllables have to match. Of course you can always rhyme teds with beds, that works fine :).

  • Kevin

    Here’s a poem full of rhymes with orange. (And yes, it does cheat shamelessly.)

  • Larry McClurg

    Perhaps orange is a sorry lot,
    for words that rhyme are really not.
    Though orange may take up too much time
    I know one day I’ll find a rhyme.
    Purple has that reputation
    yet caused me no hesitation.
    So ending one invalid myth
    I offer up a written pith
    Who could say a purple cow,
    is better than a green one?
    But I think a hirple cow
    is better than a mean one.

  • chris

    I guess the finding a word that rhymes with orange has a-peal!
    I guess finding a word to rhyme with orange is a little too hard to arrange.
    Well that was a lemon of a post! Probably gave you the pip I suppose.

  • JimB

    Not original with me, but I love it:
    “four engineers
    wear orange brassiers”

  • Robin

    DOORHINGE! XD good post by the way, makes you think.

  • Gabriel

    Just stumbled on this fun post about oranges and I decided to join in.

    What about FOREIGN? Doesn’t it rhyme with Orange?

    • James

      How on earth would foreign rhyme with orange?

      • person

        porn ryhmes with orange

    • nickvan


    • pds3.14

      no, the eign in foreign, does not rhyme with the ange of orange. no more than bat rhymes with cast (these words do not rhyme.)

  • James Goch

    Minge rhymes with orange

    • nickvan

      it actually doesn’t… did you read the post?

    • pds3.14

      No, orange needs an ___Or-ange not a ___-inge.
      it is a feminine rhyme (I think)

      • Sqeaky

        I have not heard ‘ange’ at the end of orange I have always ‘inge’

  • Andrew

    porridge and storage. Maybe they aren’t perfect rhymes but are close enough.

    • pds3.14

      do cast and bat rhyme too? what about want and welt? huh? no, these aren’t even close.

  • Marshall Mathers

    If you make Orange more 1 Syllable and twist and bend your Annunciation there are hundreds. I amplified something I did on 60 minutes…there are many more

    I got my large underscoring ignoring snoring adoring boring post-mortem orange war tinge four inch door hinge lozenge drawings from my flooring voyage in 2 story soaring alluring orange storage for restoring and went to have more fringe orange porridge with war roaring george while horse minge sourced his orange mortgage and got a cold war syringe stuck in his sore boring orange chore sling sausage

    Of course none of this makes sense, but with work it would make a killer verse, this is just an example.
    Other apparently impossible rhymes are Calendar, Silver and Purple.
    All are able to be twisted and rhymed. People just need to look at it differently.

    And don’t try to e-mail me as any other non office e-mails are marked as spam and deleted.

  • Finn

    Syringe rhymes with orange, does it not?

    • nickvan

      no, it doesn’t it literally needs to end in orange to rhyme with orange, in this case.

      • A Poet and Linguist

        Actually, when most people talk about rhymes in conversation, they are not talking about perfect rhymes; instead, they are talking about either end rhymes or as syllable rhymes. An example of an end rhyme is “ornate” and “debate.” They share the same end vowel and consonant sound. An example of a last syllable rhyme is “repeat” and “compete.” As you can see, the end vowel and consonant sounds are again the same, but the consonant sound at the beginning of the last syllable is shared as well. “Syringe” and “orange” is an example of a last syllable rhyme, as they share the same last syllable.

  • cindy mcelroy

    I had a poetry teacher tell us all one time to go home and write a poem that rhymed with Orange, I did not know that it could not be done, so I did it, well, here is the thing, it was really a lymric she wanted. However, I was the only one that came in the next day with a lymric, I did not know it was supposed to stumb us, I gave it to her, she grabbed me and hugged me! Read it to the class. I wanted some famous orange juice company to use it and pay me, but so far I don’t know how to go about it, Tropicana, where are you?!
    Orange is a color, it also is a fruit, it has a little navel which is sometimes rather cute,
    (in all 8 lines)

    • pds3.14

      it is a rhyming lymric with orange! (albiet orange remains unrhymed)

    • Summer

      lol… that was really funny. Nice poem… i think Tropicana should really use it

    • 2jdv

      In the dictionary orange is pronounced awr-inj. Impinge is pronounced im-pinj. What more do you want?

  • k.


    • nick

      That would “rhyme” with orange in a poem but technically, no. If there were an n in between the I and d then it would technically rhyme.

  • Robin E Wild

    I know this will make you “cringe” but I believe that flange should be a rhyme for orange?
    good site though and I enjoyed the arguments.

    • eothnd

      not any way I’ve heard them pronounced O.o It’s a very different a sound.

  • Marc Brooks (@IDisposable)

    I’ve decided that the singular of phalanges rhymes just fine… try it.

    • Boethius61

      Phalanges – as in the bones in your fingers and toes? The singular is phalanx. Definitely does not rhyme with orange.

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  • Thomas Maddocks

    boringe: to borrow without a time limit set for repayment.
    Look it up. It is the only actual word that rhymes with orange

  • workds

    Door hinge works with the right accent. “door ‘inge”

  • stevoisalemon

    I bought an orange,
    Gave it Mr.Gorringe,
    Then I stole some silver,
    But it was stole by a chilver,
    They say those words can’t rhyme,
    But hey tryin’ aint a crime,
    You mad?
    Ya should be lad.

  • Tom Harvey

    We went to the Barras to nick some oranges
    But the Polis caught us and said “I’ve warned Yez”

    Read in Glasgow parlance.

  • Name Name

    Foliage, orange.

    Once upon I time, thirsty was I
    In the quest of fruit I departed, Oh my!
    When upon the woods I found myself
    I looked, but decided to go back to my shelf
    In that moment of disappointment I tripped on the foliage,

    Guess what! Look what I discovered: an orange.

  • Jay

    When did “in fact” become one word? Is that another made up word or just a typo? (I hope.)

  • garryt

    what about blancmange?

  • that person

    I’ve found that DOOR-HINGE slightly rhymes with orange.

  • Sqeaky

    So pretty much this guy is asserting that whole dialects of english are wrong because… why?

    I do not often hear ‘ange’ at the end of orange I often hear ‘inge’. I am in Omaha, NE or Des Moines, IA the midwest (not southern dixie accent) ‘inge’ is certainly a correct way to pronounce this. Should all words will multiple pronunciations be arbitrarily declared as not rhyming?

    • ChloeR

      You haven’t read the article properly. He is saying nothing is a true rhyme with orange because it needs to rhyme with the stressed vowel and everything after, which in this case is the ‘O’. Yes, the final part of the word is pronounced ‘inge’, which is why some people believe hinge, syringe etc. to rhyme. But since these words do not rhyme with the stressed part of the word (in capitals: ORringe), they don’t technically rhyme. They are a half rhyme or an oblique rhyme, rather than a perfect rhyme.

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  • Anwen Swift

    Depending on you accent the word lozenge so a type of throat medicine can rhyme with the word orange by the way my accent is of a twelve year old from huddersfield

  • Bernie

    Orange-derange …….that’s a perfect rhyme

  • Susan Watkinson

    the word sporange rhymes with orange, it is an old scottish word for the hind part of a horse.

  • Serpens Viktorijewicz von Arma

    Wait, so Stonehenge doesn’t rhyme with orange? My whole life was a lie!