What Is a Simile? (with Examples?)

What Is a Simile? (with Examples?)

A simile is a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another. This is usually achieved by the use of the word like or as.

Examples of Similes

Here are some examples of similes:

Famous Similes (Examples)

Here are some similes by famous people:

Funny Similes (Examples)

Here are some funny similes:

A Quick Test

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Used sparingly in business writing, similes can: Here is an example of how a simile might look in a business document:


While a simile can be a great way to clarify or promote a concept in business correspondence, overusing similes looks flippant (especially if they're cliches, i.e., tired). Use similes very sparingly to ensure they remain impactful.

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See Also

Metaphors What is figurative language? What does literal meaning mean? What is a metaphor? What is a metonym? What is personification? What is hyperbole? What is an idiom? What is a euphemism? What is alliteration? What is assonance? What is consonance? What is a logosglyph? What is onomatopoeia? Glossary of grammatical terms