Open up any rhyming dictionary and you will see that the editors do not list words, but rather vowel sounds that produce rhyming sounds. So the question “what word has the most rhymes?” should actually be rephrased as “what vowel sounds has the most rhymes?” We can open up several rhyming dictionary and find the entries with the most words, or we can turn to a very helpful and powerful online resource, RhymeZone.com to find the answer. For those unfamiliar with RhymeZone, don’t be misled by the name — it like a literary Swiss Army knife. What makes RhymeZone especially useful is that you can search any word to find rhymes, near rhymes, homophones, phrase rhymes, and similar sounding words; moreover, it functions as a dictionary, thesaurus, adjective or adverb finder, and quotation finder (you can limit the search to only the magnificent Shakespearean corpus).
The vowel sounds with the most rhymes are:
ee as in “be”: 1,305
ay is in “way”: 1,141
Here, for example, are just the one-syllable words that rhyme with be: b, b., baiji, bea, beautie, bee, blea, blousy, bouri, bousy, bouzouki, brea, bree, brie, buie, c, c., cf. p., chea, chee, chely, chewie, chrie, cie, cirri, couthie, couthy, crea, cree, creme, cwmry, d, d., de, dea, dee, di, direly, doucely, droumy, e, e., ee, fee, firry, flea, fleagh, flee, free, freeh, -free, frouzy, fsi, g, g., gee, ghee, gleby, glee, graeae, gyi, he, hee, je, jee, ji, jie, kea, kee, key, khe, ki, klee, knee, kyi, laically, lea, lee, leigh, lf he, lf we, li, lxi, lxxxi, -ly, me, mea, mee, mg three, mi, mousie, murri, ne, neagh, nee, ngwee, nhgri, nhlbi, ni, nie, nnrti, nouri, orczy, oui, p, p., pea, peay, pee, pewee, phratry, pirrie, pirry, plea, pre, pree, prix, qi, quai, quay, qui, ree, reeh, rheae, rhee, roughdry, roughie, roughy, sbirri, scarey, schlee, schlie, schnee, sci, scree, screy, scrie, scsi-3, sea, see, shchi, she, shi, shieh, shih, shree, shri, si, sie, sieh, sirree, ski, slee, sleighty, sloughy, smeary, smee, smoochy, snee, speary, spie, spree, squee, squesy, squirrely, sri, srsly, stooshie, stree, suresby, sze, t, t., te, tea, tee, thee, thewy, thi, three, throughly, ti, toughly, toughy, touhy, tousy, tree, tse, v, v., ve, vee, vieux, we, wee, weiqi, whirry, wiehe, xi, xie, xviii e, xxxvi, ye, yee, yi, yie, youthly, youthy, z, z., ze, zea, zee, zi
Here, for example, are just the one-syllable words that rhyme with way: a., ae, ay, bay, baye, bayh, bey, blay, bley, braai, brae, bray, brey, c’est, cay, che, chez, clay, cray, d-day, dae, day, daye, dey, dray, dreigh, drey, dreye, fay, faye, fe, fey, flay, fleigh, fray, frey, gai, gay, gaye, gray, graye, grey, guay, haigh, hay, haye, heigh, heugh, hey, hwe, j, j., jae, jay, jaye, k, k., kay, kaye, klay, kley, kray, krey, laigh, lait, lay, laye, lei, ley, leyh, mae, may, maye, mey, nay, neigh, nej, ney, pay, paye, pei, play, prae-, pray, prey, quai, quaigh, quay, quaye, rae, ray, raye, re, rea, reay, rey, say, saye, schey, schley, schrei, scray, screy, seay, seigh, shay, shaye, shea, skeigh, skreigh, slay, sleigh, smay, snay, spay, spey, splay, spray, stay, stray, strey, sway, sweigh, tae, tay, they, tray, tre, trey, vey, waye, wei, weigh, wey, whey, wray, wy, yay, yea, zooey
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