Definition of Edmund Clerihew Bentley from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Edmund Clerihew Bentley

; NAmE
jump to other results
(1875-1956) an English journalist who wrote detective stories and invented a form of comic verse with four lines, now called a clerihew after his middle name. Clerihews are usually about well-known people. A typical example is:
John Stuart MillBy a mighty effort of willOvercame his natural bonhomieAnd wrote 'Principles of Political Economy'.