Definition of SIMILE
Examples of SIMILE
- “She’s as fierce as a tiger” is a simile, but “She’s a tiger when she’s angry” is a metaphor.
- What do you think of the author’s use of simile?
- But Dickens finds the unexpected detail, the vivid simile. Think of Joe Gargery in Great Expectations, “with eyes of such a very undecided blue that they seemed to have somehow got mixed with their own whites.” Or, in David Copperfield, Dora’s cousin “in the Life-Guards, with such long legs that he looked like the afternoon shadow of somebody else.” —James Wood, New Republic, 14 Dec. 1998
Origin of SIMILE
Middle English, from Latin, comparison, from neuter of similis
First Known Use: 14th century
Reproduced with thanks from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.