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Similes and Metaphors Examples

Rid Your Confusion Between Similes and Metaphors With Examples

The examples of similes and metaphors are often used by people to sometimes compare or exactly mean some object or person. Understand the difference between the two and take a look at some examples in the following article...
Penlighten Staff
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
What are similes and metaphors? Is there a difference between the two figures of speech? The answer is, "Yes, there is a noticeable contrast between similes and metaphors." To understand in plain and simple terms, a simile is any word or phrase used to describe some thing or someone as similar to another. These similarities are often not related to one another. As for the other figure of speech, a metaphor is any word or phrase which states that one thing or person is another.
These similarities are often not related to one another. With this little contradiction in their definitions, let's take a look at some of their examples. This way, you can get a better idea about what similes and metaphors are. But before that, always remember these main points about similes and metaphors:
  • Similes constantly make comparisons using the words "like" and "as".
  • Metaphors constantly make symbolic and direct comparisons between two objects.
  • Both similes and metaphors can be used in English language, literature, poetry, and music.
Similes in Poetry
Life's Pearl of Wisdom
Here and there in oysters fall,
A single grain of sand.
Producing later a lustrous ball,
In a fisher man's hand... ~ Michael P. Johnson
Moon Poetess
Hands flicker, the smokes hurries
And insignia like ice blows in appearance
So seated and commanding twisting joints.
Powers, so she use and sleep... ~ Ebi Robert
Role Model
A role model is someone
Whom you always want to be.
Someone who gives you hope
When you are down... ~ Kholekile Monakali
Similes in Literature
My love is like a red, red rose, that is newly sprung in June. ~ Robert Burns
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
~ Shakespeare
Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore...
~ Poe
Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall
She walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens...
~ Ezra Pound
The Mind like to a Shop of Toies I fill,
With fine Conceits, all sorts of Humours sell.
I can the work of Nature imitate;
And change my self into each several shape.
I conquer all, am Master of the field,
I make fare Beauty in Loves Wars to yield.
~ Cavendish
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
and whisper to their souls to go,
whilst some of their sad friends do say,
"Now his breath goes," and some say, "No".
~ Donne
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
~ Shakespeare
Similes for Kids
  • As friendly as a black lab
  • As happy as a rat with a gold tooth
  • As sleepy as a bear
  • As hard as nails
  • As tall as a Sequoia tree
  • As hard as rock
  • As pink as a flamingo
  • As high as a kite
  • As brave as a lion
  • As hoarse as a crow
  • As brown as a berry
  • As hot as a fire cracker
  • As quiet as a mouse
  • As hot as hell
  • As sharp as a razor
  • As hungry as a bear
  • As fat as the Pentagon
  • As hungry as a wolf
  • As slow as a snail
  • As innocent as a lamb
  • As fast as a cheetah
  • As keen as mustard
  • As annoying as a pesky bug
  • As large as life
  • As silly as a clown
  • As light as a feather
  • As hot as the sun
  • As light as air
  • As hot as the Sahara Desert
  • As likely as not
  • As musical as a hummingbird
  • As loud as a lion
  • As fat as a blown up blue balloon
  • As lowly as a worm
  • As mad as a hatter
  • As stubborn as an untrained dog; or as a mule
  • As mad as a hornet
  • As loud as my brother who is always screaming
  • As smart as Albert Einstein
  • As mad as the march hare
  • My love is like a red, red rose
  • As naked as a baby
  • They fought like cats and dogs
  • As neat as a pin
  • He is as funny as a barrel of monkeys
  • As nutty as a fruitcake
  • This house is as clean as a whistle
  • As obstinate as a mule
  • He is as strong as an ox
  • As old as dirt
  • Your explanation is as clear as mud
  • As old as the hills
  • Watching the show was like watching grass grow
  • As pale as death
  • That is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel
  • As pale as a ghost
  • This contract is as solid as the ground
  • As patient as job
  • That guy is as nutty as a fruitcake
  • As plain as day
  • Don't just sit there like a bump on a log
  • As pleased as punch
  • They are as different as night and day
  • As poor as a church mouse
  • She is as thin as a toothpick
  • As poor as dirt
  • Last night, I slept like a log
  • As pretty as a picture
  • This dress is perfect because it fits like a glove
  • As proud as a peacock
  • My love for you is a deep as the ocean
  • As pure as snow
  • I'm so thirsty, that my throat is as dry as a bone
  • As pure as the driven snow
  • As agile as a monkey
  • As quick as a wink
  • As alike as two peas in a pod
  • As quick as lightning
  • As modest as a maiden
  • As quick as silver
  • As bald as a baby's backside
  • As rich as gold
  • As bald as a badger
  • As right as rain
  • As bald as a coot
  • As round as a barrel
  • As beautiful as nature
  • As round as a circle
  • As big as a boat
  • As round as a sphere
  • As big as a bus
  • As safe as houses
  • As big as an elephant
  • As scarce as hen's teeth
  • As black as coal
  • As sensitive as a flower
  • As blind as a bat
  • As sharp as a needle
  • As blind as a mole
  • As sick as a dog
  • As bold as brass
  • As sick as a parrt
  • As bright as a button
  • As silent as the dead
  • As bright as a new pin
  • As silent as the grave
  • As bright as day
  • As silly as a goose
  • As bright as the sun
  • As sleepy as a koala
  • As busy as a beaver
  • As slippery as an eel
  • As busy as a bee
  • As slow as molasses
  • As busy as a cat on a hot tin roof
  • As slow as a tortoise
  • As calm as a millpond
  • As slow as a turtle
  • As clear as a bell
  • As slow as a wet weekend
  • As clean as a hound's tooth
  • As sly as a fox
  • As clean as a whistle
  • As smart as an owl
  • As clear as crystal
  • As smooth as silk
  • As cold as ice
  • As snug as a bug in a rug
  • As common as dirt
  • As sober as a judge
  • As cool as a cucumber
  • As soft as a baby's bottom
  • As crazy as a loon
  • As solid as a rock
  • As cunning as a fox
  • As solid as the ground we stand on
  • As cute as a baby
  • As sound as a bell
  • As cute as a button
  • As sour as vinegar
  • As cute as a cupcake
  • As steady as a rock
  • As damp as the salty blue ocean
  • As sticky as jam
  • As dead as a doornail
  • As stiff as a board
  • As dead as the dodo
  • As still as death
  • As deaf as a post
  • As straight as an arrow
  • As delicate as a flower
  • As strong as an ox
  • As dense as a brick
  • As stubborn as a mule
  • As different as chalk from cheese
  • As sturdy as an oak
  • As drunk as a lord
  • As sure as death and taxes
  • As dry as a bone
  • As sweet as honey
  • As dry as dust
  • As tall as a giraffe
  • As dull as dishwater
  • As tight as a drum
  • As easy as ABC
  • As thick as a brick
  • As easy as pie
  • As thin as a rake
  • As fast as a race car
  • As thin as a toothpick
  • As fat as a hippo
  • As timid as a rabbit
  • As fat as a pig
  • As tiny as a grain of sand
  • As fit as a fiddle
  • As tough as leather
  • As flat as a pancake
  • As tough as nails
  • As free as a bird
  • As tough as old boots
  • As fresh as a daisy
  • As tricky as a box of monkeys
  • As funny as a balloon
  • As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party
  • As gentle as a lamb
  • As white as a ghost
  • As hairy as an ape
  • As white as a sheet
  • As happy as a clown
  • As white as snow
  • As happy as a lark
  • As wise as Solomon
  • As happy as Larry
  • As wise as an owl
  • As white as my great-grandmother's hair
  • As merry as a cricket
  • As much use as a yard of pump water
  • As annoying as nails scratching against a chalkboard
Metaphors for Kids
  • Bruce is the lion king of his class.
  • Stacey is a dog when she eats.
  • Fire is day; when it goes out, it is night.
  • Her soft voice was music to his ears.
  • Jason is the Tiger Woods of his golf team.
  • His belt was a snake curling around his waist.
  • Chris's reply was burning hot and crispy.
  • Shaun was a wall, bouncing every tennis ball back over the net.
  • The algebra question x+16=30 is a sharp object jiggling around in my brain.
  • Ashton tried to help but his legs were rubber.
  • How could Ashley marry a snake like that!
  • We would have had more pizza to eat if Tina hadn't been such a hog.
  • Karen is a chicken.
  • Every time I have lunch with my friends, I feel that Jason's a real pig.
  • He slithered into town quietly so no one would notice when he dug his fangs in and slowly poisoned their minds.
  • Cindy was such a mule. We couldn't get her to change her mind.
  • The poor rat didn't have a chance. Our old cat, a bolt of lightning, caught his prey.
  • Her friends' suggestion was just a Band-Aid for her problem.
  • Even a child could carry my dog, Dogface, around for hours. He's such a feather.
  • Trust Jacob to spill the beans on Resse's surprise birthday party.
  • Tyler is a walking encyclopedia.
  • Peer pressure was a shackle keeping him from being a ballet dancer.
These examples can come in handy when you want to explain yourself in a unique way. Once you know how and when to use similes and metaphors, you'll be able to express yourself in style, without putting a lot of effort.