A simile (SIM-uh-lee) is a type of figurative language that describes something by comparing it to something else. While a metaphor states outright that one thing is another thing, similes soften the comparison slightly by using words such as like or as.

You’re probably already familiar with plenty of similes: Life is like a box of chocolates. He’s as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. She sleeps like the dead.

Why Use a Simile?

Similes add color and interest to your writing. As with other types of figurative language, a well-crafted simile can delight your readers and paint a colorful picture in just a few words.


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