Rhyming Dictionary

The following files are Microsoft Word documents and PDFs. The files contain groups of rhyming words. The groups are sorted by the number of words in each group, starting with the largest group. The number of the group is followed by the rhyming sound(s) to be matched, the number of words in the group, and the words themselves. Note: There may be an occasional error in these files.

The first group of three files below contains perfect rhymes. The sounds to match for perfect rhymes are found in this way: Starting from the end (right side) of the word, one moves to the left until one finds a stressed vowel sound. Then one takes that vowel sound and all the sounds to the right and then searches for all of the words that contain those ending sounds.

The second group of three files below also contains perfect rhymes, but the rhyming groups in those files contain only perfect rhymes in which the last vowel sound is a stressed vowel sound. For example, in the word “inflict” the last vowel sound is a stressed vowel sound and would be included in the second group below. The word “infliction” would not be included in the second group because the last vowel sound is not stressed.

The perfect rhymes with end stresses are convenient when searching for rhyming words at the end of lines with iambic or anapestic feet. An iambic foot contains one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable. Iambic pentameter contains five iambic feet per line, or ten syllables per line. An anapestic foot, which is often used in Limericks, contains two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.

When searching for rhyming words, simply download and open one of the files below and search for the word that you want to find rhymes for. When you find that word, it will be in a group of words that rhyme with it.

First Group

Second Group