Humorous Limericks that Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

In order to catch the epiphany in limericks, you must first understand what limericks are. This poetic genre is meant for humor and fun.

30+ Humorous Limericks That Will Make You Laugh Hard

What are Limericks?

A limerick is a poem of 1 stanza consisting of only 5 lines with a rhyming scheme of AABBA. Limericks are mostly intended to be trivial, silly, and humorous.

Many limericks are very suggestive and some worth indecent and crude.

Due to their simple structure and short length, limericks are considered amateur poetry, however, they are still very enjoyable and use literary devices.

Origin of Limericks

Limericks are traced to England in the 18th Century, but not so much is known about it at the time, until in the 19th century when Edward Lear popularized it.

Edward Lear, a professional poet, was a composer of numerous limericks and because of this, he became associated with the genre of poetry called “Literary Nonsense”.

In 1846, he published a collection of limericks which he titled, ” A Book of Nonsense”, which contained 117 limericks, some of which are very popular.


Humorous Limericks

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’

Edward Lear

2. The Bishop from Kings

There once was a bishop from Kings,
Who talked about god and such things,
But his real desire,
Was a boy in the choir,
With a bottom like jello on springs.

3. Young Belle of Old Natchez

There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comments arose
On the state of her clothes,
She replied, “When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.”

Ogden Nash

4. Roger the Lodger

There was a young girl of Cape Cod
Who thought babies were fashioned by God,
But ’twas not the Almighty
Who hiked up her nightie –
‘Twas Roger, the lodger, by God!

5. The Man from Quebec

There was an Old Man of Quebec,
A beetle ran over his neck;
But he cried, ‘With a needle,
I’ll slay you, O beetle!’
That angry Old Man of Quebec.

Edward Lear

6. I Don’t Care

There was a Young Lady whose bonnet,
Came untied when the birds sat upon it;
But she said: ‘I don’t care!
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!’

7. The Man from Dundee 

There was a young man from Dundee
Who b*ggered an ape in a tree.
The results were quite horrid:
All a*se and no forehead,
Three balls and a purple goatee.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

8. A Poet at Heart

A demi-young author named Jong
Became famous for reasons quite wrong.
A poet at heart,
She won fame as a tart –
That mispronounced poet called Jong.

Erica Jong

9. Drink Soldier

And let me the canakin clink, clink;
And let me the canakin clink:
A soldier’s a man;
A life’s but a span;
Why then let a soldier drink.

William Shakespeare

10. Her Insides

There was a young lady from clyde
Who ate a bad apple & died.
The apple fermented,
Inside the lamented,
Making cider inside her insides!

11. Look at Me Joe!

There was a young lady of Norway
Who hung by her toes in a doorway.
She said to her beau
‘Just look at me Joe,
I think I’ve discovered one more way.’

Algernon Charles Swinburne

12. The Reason

His sister, called Lucy O’Finner,
Grew constantly thinner and thinner;
The reason was plain,
She slept out in the rain,
And was never allowed any dinner.

Lewis Carroll

13. When He Went

There was a Young Man from Kent
Whose Rod was so long it bent.
So to save himself trouble
He bent it in double,
And instead of coming – he went!

14. T. S. Elliot

T.S. Eliot is quite at a loss
When clubwomen bustle across
At literary teas,
Crying: “What, if you please,
Did you mean by “The Mill on the Floss”?

W. H. Auden


15. Completion

There once was a man from Bel Air
Who was doing his wife on the stair
But the banister broke
So he doubled his stroke
And finished her off in mid-air


16. The Lady of Ryde

There was a Young Lady of Ryde,
Whose shoe-strings were seldom untied.
She purchased some clogs,
And some small spotted dogs,
And frequently walked about Ryde.

Edward Lear

17. Strange, Strange Fellow

A strange young fellow from Leeds
Rashly swallowed a package of seeds.
Great tufts of fine grass
Sprouted out of his ass
And his balls were covered with weeds.

18. Drat!

When someone’s upset and says, “Drat,”
The word sounds appallingly flat.
Such a mealy-mouth curse!
So genteel — I’m averse.
Kindly try to swear better than that.

Madeleine Begun Kane

19. Balls and Rockets

There once was a man from sprocket
Who went for a ride in a rocket
The rocket went bang
His balls went clang
And he found his dick in his pocket!

20. Micey Race

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one;
The mouse did run.
Hickory Dickory Dock

Mother Goose

21. Right or Tight

There was a young man from Brighton
Who thought he’d at last found a tight ‘un.
He said, “Oh my love,
It fits like a glove.”
Said she, “But you’re not in the right ‘un.”

22. United

There was a young girl of Aberystwyth
Who took grain to the mill to get grist with.
The miller’s sun, Jack,
Laid her flat on her back,
And united the organs they p*ssed with.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

23. Hush!

There was an Old Man who said, ‘Hush!
I perceive a young bird in this bush!’
When they said, ‘Is it small?’
He replied, ‘Not at all!
It is four times as big as the bush!’

Edward Lear

24. Brass Balls

There once was a man from madras
Whose balls were made of brass
In stormy weather
They clang together
And sparks fly out of his ass!

25. So Much to Be Said!

Our novels get longa and longa
Their language gets stronga and stronga
There’s much to be said
For a life that is led
In illiterate places like Bonga.

H. G. Wells

26. You’d Think

There was a young maid from Madras
Who had a magnificent ass;
Not rounded and pink,
As you probably think –
It was grey, had long ears, and ate grass.


27. Fools Tools

There was a young girl of Baroda
Who built an erotic pagoda;
The walls of its halls
Were festooned with the balls
And the tools of the fools that bestrode her.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

28. “Yes, I is”

There was a small boy of Quebec,
Who was buried in snow to his neck;
When they said. “Are you friz?”
He replied, “Yes, I is—
But we don’t call this cold in Quebec.”

Rudyard Kipling

29. Nutless

There was a young sailor named Bates
Who danced the fandango on skates.
But a fall on his cutlass
Has rendered him nutless,
And practically useless on dates.

30. The Bee

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!’
‘It’s a regular brute of a Bee!’

Edward Lear

31. Flattery

There was a young lady of station,
“I love man” was her sole exclamation;
But when men cried, “You flatter”
She replied, “Oh! no matter!
Isle of man is the true explanation.”

Lewis Carroll

32. Nan

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

Edward Lear

Limericks are genres of poetry that will always add humor to your day when you read them. Ensure to share this joy and humor to those who will appreciate them.

Daily Time Poems.

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