If I want to rhyme with a word like 'time' would 'overtime' or 'anytime' count as a rhyme with 'time', saying that 'anytime' and 'overtime' have the word 'time' in it. (This goes for any other words)


A syllable consists of two parts: an 'onset' and a 'rime'. It is the final rimes that should match to make a rhyme. Penultimate rimes and syllables may also match; however, the onsets that precede those patterns should not match.

Word breaks (white space) are of minor importance in speech, so 'overtime' works the same as 'over time' for rhyming.

Thus 'great office holder' rhymes perfectly with 'late office holder' and weakly with 'bait off his shoulder', but not with either 'green office holder' or 'grate off his shoulder'.

  • As NVZ has said, 'Please explain your answer, preferably with some supporting statements and references. While opinions are valued, they are not of much help as answers.' – Edwin Ashworth Sep 9 '17 at 21:41

It depends on how strict you intend to be about your rhyming scheme. I would count it as repetition, not rhyming, but it can still fit just fine into a rhyme scheme.

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