50 Simile Examples: Definition and How To Use?
Simile in the English language and literature denotes words used to compare something or show commonness in meaning. To exemplify, the most commonly used simile examples are: like and as. You can say Thomas Hardy was a novelist like Charles Dickens.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Here, like is a simile. Rosy wore a gown as white as milk. In this case, as is a simile. You can also use the word similarly to give a simile to something or in a sentence. Similar to William Shakespeare, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge often used innuendoes. Here, similar is a simile. A simile is an integral part of the English figure of speech. Often, it is used to directly compare the two things in English literature.
What are 50 Examples of Similes?
You can find many simile examples in the English language. It is also used in idioms, sayings, phrases and usages. This trend is continuing for centuries together.
We are listing below 50 such examples which are used very often both in colloquial, phrases and literary pieces:
- Drink like a fish
- Swim like a fish
- Like a fish out of water
- As cold as ice
- As light as a feather
- As black as coal
- White as a sheet
- As white as a ghost
- As old as the hills
- As busy as a bee
- Blind as a bat
- Deaf as a post
- Dry as a bone
- Eat like a pig
- Fresh as daisy
- Go out like a light
- Good as gold
- Hard as nails
- High as kite
- Sleeping like a log
- Sleeps like a baby
- Large as life
- Like a bull in a China shop
- Like a red rag to a bull
- Charging like a bull
- Like water off a duck’s back
- Mad as a hatter
- Quiet as a mouse
- Regular as clockwork
- As sweet as sugar
- Safe as house
- As strong as an oak
- Sleep like a dog
- Sniff like a dog
- Work like a dog
- As faithful as a dog
- Work like a charm
- Thunder roared like an angry lion
- Kind as an angel
- Fighting like cats and dog
- As slow as a sloth
- As innocent as a lamb
- As proud as a peacock
- As tall as a giraffe
- As clear as crystal
- Jumping like a frog
- Sings like a cuckoo
- Climbs like a monkey
- Fall like teardrops
- Chatters like monkey
Why do We Use Similes?
Similes beautify the sentences. It makes comparison easy. We are giving below 10 reasons why we use similes:
- Comparison between two or more nouns using like or as.
- To specify certain special qualities in something or someone.
- To exemplify or give examples.
- In the visualization of something.
- For better conceptualization of something.
- Make the expression more lively.
- Make a mental image of something in comparison to two things with the same meaning.
- To make the graphic description of two things.
- Easily grasp the meaning (in comparison of two things)
- Linguistically strengthen an expression.
What are Some Famous Simile Literature Examples?
The simile is used by the English litterateurs very often in poems, stories, novels, dramas, lyrics and plays. It not only adds rhythms but also helps to define something vividly to give examples between two things.
We are citing below five such famous instances of similes in English literature:
i. Poem “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti:
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare:
‘I am as constant as the Northern Star, Of whose true fixed and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament.’
‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens:
‘Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret and self-contained and solitary as an oyster.
‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth:
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills.’
‘Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
‘…if you lament over him much longer, my heart will be as light as a feather.’
What is the Difference Between a Simile and a Metaphor?
The simile has a metaphorical effect. They are both used to compare something or understand similarities between two things.
There, however, is a difference between simile and metaphor. While a simile is used mainly using words like or as to compare two things indirectly, the metaphor will directly compare two different things:
The following five examples can clarify it:
Simile: Love is like a battlefield.
Metaphor: Love is a battlefield.
Simile: She is as kind as an angel.
Metaphor: She is an angel.
Simile: Life is like a spring. It flows like water
Metaphor: Life flows like water from a spring.
Simile: Tom said my life is as hard as a dog….work, work and always work.
Metaphor: Tom said just like a dog, I am always working.
Simile: Rosy is as busy as a bee.
Metaphor: Rosy always keeps busy like a bee.
How Can I Teach Similes to Everyone?
You can teach similes to a student by adopting the following 10 (academic or pedagogical) methods:
- Teach them how poets used similes in the sentences to complete a line keeping in view the meaning of the whole stanza of the poem.
- Ask them to read important expressions relating to the use of similes in stories or plays of eminent writers and novelists.
- Teach simile applications or uses to the students when they are in their primary classes.
- You quote famous lines or stanzas of a poem in which similes were applied in a flexible manner for better understanding.
- Give them examples of similes while explaining the meaning or defining simile.
- Ask your students to write a piece in English on something using similes.
- The pictorial study can help students to learn simile applications in a better manner. Give them a picture or painting and ask them to write a paragraph on it taking the help of similes.
- Give your students some objects like the sun, moon or star and ask them to explain something about these objects using similes. Like the full moon looks as a golden disc.
- Create lessons on similes and ask your students to practice using similes in sentences.
- Give them examples of some proverbs, idioms or usages in which similes have been used.
Some Simile Examples in Music
In music, similes are used for ages together. The similes were used to convey a special meaning to the sense of such songs. The following five simile examples in music can prove it:
“Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan described beautifully how a rich woman fell into poverty after losing all her wealth:
“How does it feel To be without a home
Like a completely unknown
Like a rolling stone?”
The song Stitches by Shawn Mendes (Songwriters Danny Parker and Teddy Geiger) expresses a comparison between physical hurt and emotional pain in the following creative way:
“Just like a moth drawn to a flame
Oh, you lured me in, I couldn’t sense the pain
Your bitter heart cold to the touch
Now I’m gonna reap what I sow
I’m left seeing red on my own”
In the song “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel, gives a simile of how friendship can act as an emotional bridge when some problems crop up (in friendship):
“I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down”
Bob Seger in the song Like a Rock expresses the desire of mankind to go back to their days of youth in the following manner:
“Like a rock, I was strong as I could be
Like a rock, nothin’, ever got to me
Like a rock, I was something to see
Like a rock.”
In the song It’s My Life, Bon Jovi compares his life with an open highway using similes:
“My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I’m alive
It’s my life.”
Few Simile Examples in Poetry
Similes are traditionally used in English poetry. Almost all famous poets used similes to beautify their poetic creations. We are giving below five such examples:
i. Emily Dickinson composed “Hope” is the thing with feathers using similes that juxtaposed beautifully to express the meaning:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
ii. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns uses similes to subtly express the meaning using the following mode:
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand miles.
iii. Langston Hughes uses metaphors and similes in his poem Harlem in the following manner:
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
iv. Jan Taylor’s very famous rhyme or children’s poem Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star most beautifully uses similes. You can have a look at this poem:
“Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky”
v. There is a beautiful poem titled Simile. This poetic creation is by N. Scott Momaday. This poem runs like this:
“What did we say to each other
that now we are as the deer
who walk in single file
with heads high
with ears forward
with eyes watchful
with hooves always placed on firm ground
in whose limbs there is latent flight”
Cool Simile Examples in Film & TV
There are some examples of similes that we find in television serials, TV programs and films. The following five examples can serve our purpose of knowing the cool similes in films and TV:
i. Forest Grump movie:
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
ii. The Last Don film: :
Life is like a box of hand grenades. You never know what will blow you to kingdom come.
iii. Paul Attanasio says in his TV show popular as Quiz Show:
That’s a pretty big cigar! Of course, we don’t think this is literal, we just know he’s got a large ring-gauged cigar hanging out of his mouth.
iv. In the Disney program The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, there is a nice simile piece which is:
I’m just a little black raincloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I’m only a little black raincloud
Pay no attention to little me
v. It’s a small world – Disney Chorus
It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all
Some Common Examples of Similes
Similes are used very often in the English language and literature. We are listing below five common examples of similes that are used regularly:
i. Jane is as proud as a peacock
ii. Samson is as brave as a lion
iii. My grandfather is as tough as nails
iv. Our security guard is as strong as an ox
v. He is as sly as a fox
Most Simile Examples Used
Some similes are used in our day-to-day life. That makes them the most used similes. We are giving five such examples below:
i. drinking like a fish
ii. swimming like a fish
iii. shining like a diamond
iv. sings like an angel
v. as sweet as sugar