Simile -meaning, usage and 50 examples


Examples of Simile

What is a Simile?

A Simile is a figure of speech that compares things, places, humans etc with the use of “like” or “as”. Unlike metaphor that indirectly compares things by implying that something “is”, Simile, on the other hand, makes a direct comparison by saying that something on someone “is like” or “as”

Simile can be used in literature writing to show a direct comparison between human and nonhuman object, or in comedy which can be used to create humour through direct comparison. It is also a relevant tool which s used to add description, creativity and entertainment in language.

Simile can also be used to stress or accentuate certain characteristics, arouse related emotions a d also create new connections in the mind. This makes Simile a very strong tool for description rather than just the actual description or common use of adjectives.

When to use Simile

Although Simile is very relevant in writing as it compares and describes things, events etc, one should be able to discern when to and when not to use a smile. In instances where the literal language is required, the use of Simile is not necessary.

Let’s take for example in a safety manual, “all tools and machines should be handled with great care” would be more suitable than “all tools and machines should be treated like an egg”.

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Using a simile in a sentence

It might be surprising that many find it hard to contrast a good Simile when writing, below are three tips on how to write a Simile.

• First think of who or what you want to write about, think of the quality you want to attribute to what you want to write or talk about. For example, you want to describe a beautiful lady.
• Next, think of the second thing that has the same or similar qualities you want to attribute to the first thing.
• Finally, link them up with “like” or “as”, by saying that the first thing is “like” the second thing, or that the first thing is “as”….”as” the second thing.

Also Read: Onomatopoeia and 48 examples

Examples of Simile

• You fought like a lion.
• They were at each other like cats and dogs.
• He is as cunning as a fox.
• The professor’s explanation was as clear as a crystal.
• He is as strong as an ox.
• This contract is as solid as a rock.
• That guy is as cute as a rabbit.
• Why are your feet so white like snow.
• Don’t just sit there like a confused goat.
• The Mob raided my home like a thief in the night unexpectedly.
• They are as different as day and night.
• Last night, I slept like a corpse.
• This dress is perfect because it fits like a glove.
• I am so thirsty that my throat is as dry as a desert.
• As light as a feather
• As blind as a bat
• As thick as a forest.
• As bright as the sun
• It was very appealing to discover that the girl I was speaking with on the phone was thin as a pin
• His feet were as cold as ice
• As dirty as a pig
• As fat as an elephant.
• As hard as a tungsten.
• As precious as a diamond
• As tall as a giraffe
• As cautious as a serpent.
• As sweet as honey
• As innocent as a lamb
• As black as coal
• Playing chess with Ashley is like trying to outsmart a computer.
• Love is like a butterfly.
• Love is as soft and gentle as a sigh.
• He talked to the headmistress fearlessly like a hyena.
• Trying to catch one’s shadow is like chasing after the cloud.
• As high as a mountain.
• Life is like a mist that disappears in the morning.
• Her smile radiates like the rays of the sun.
• She is as beautiful as a rose flower.
• When a cat sees a rat, it runs towards in flash like lightning.
• My night was as peaceful as a river.
• The athlete runs as fast as a cheetah.
• The queen is very proud, just like a peacock.
• The walks sluggishly to school just like a snail.
• His anger was blazing just like fire.
• His voice shook the entire room like a thunder.
• Watching the show was like watching grass grow.

Igbaji Ugabi Chinwendu, a native of Ogoja in Cross River State, Nigeria, is a married individual blessed with children. As a Business Educator, he is profoundly interested in teaching and disseminating information. He holds the esteemed positions of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director at Freemanbiz Communication and Writers King LTD, demonstrating his leadership and expertise in the field.

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