A simile is a comparison between two different things using the word “like” or “as” to make the comparison. Similes are generally easier to identify than metaphors, but not always. Sometimes a speaker or writer may use the word “like” or “as” and not make any comparison. These are not similes. For example if I said, “I like pizza.” I am expressing a preference for pizza not making a comparison. By the time you finish working through these 100 examples of simile, you should have the hang of it. I have
attempted to separate these similes into an “easy” and “hard” list. Here is the list of fifty easy similes:
Simile Examples for Intermediate Readers
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1. “Food?” Chris inquired, popping out of his seat like a toaster strudel.
2. Grandpa lounged on the raft in the middle of the pool like an old battleship.
3. If seen from above the factory, the workers would have
looked like clock parts.
4. The truth was like a bad taste on his tongue.
5. The people who still lived in the town were stuck in place like wax statues.
6. Cassie talked to her son about girls as though she were
giving him tax advice.
7. Alan’s jokes were like flat soda to the children, surprisingly unpleasant.
8. My mother’s kitchen was like a holy place: you couldn’t wear your shoes, you had to sit there at a certain time, and
occasionally we’d pray.
9. The bottle rolled off the table like a teardrop.
10. The handshake felt like warm laundry.
11. She hung her head like a dying flower.
12. Arguing with her was like dueling with hand grenades.
13. The classroom was as quiet as a tongue-tied librarian in a hybrid car.
14. Janie’s boyfriend appreciated her as an ape might
appreciate an algebra book.
15. The clouds were like ice-cream castles in the sky.
16. The shingles on the shack shook in the storm winds like scared children.
17. When he reached the top of the hill, he felt as strong as a steel gate.
18. When the tree branch broke, Millie fell from the limb like a robin’s egg.
19. She swam through the waters like she was falling through a warm dream.
20. They children ran like ripples through water.
21. Mikhail scattered his pocket change in front of the beggars like crumbs of bread.
22. Her hair was as soft as a spider web.
23. Each dollar bill was a like a magic wand to cast away
24. The man held the blanket like a memory.
25. The ice sculptor’s hands fluttered like hummingbird wings. 26. I’m about as awesome as a flying giraffe.
27. You are soft as the nesting dove.
28. Andre charged down the football field like it was the War of 1812.
29. The stars looked like stupid little fish.
30. Her laughter was like a warm blanket or a familiar song. 31. The river flows like a stream of glass
32. Blood seeped out of the wound like red teardrops.
33. Paul carried his science project to school like he was
transporting explosive glass.
34. She looked at me like I was speaking in some strange alien tongue.
35. The town square was buzzing like a beehive.
36. Kelsey followed her dreams like most kids would follow a big sister.
37. Kyle looked at the test with a stare as blank as his notebook. 38. The robins are as thick today as flakes of snow were
39. Her eyes are like the eyes of statues.
40. The gray moss drapes us like sages.
41. The music burst like a bent-up flood.
42. The curtains stir as with an ancient pain.
43. But now her hands like moonlight brush the keys with velvet grace.
44. I flitted like a dizzy moth.
45. The flowers were as soft as thoughts of budding love.
46. The gray of the sea, and the gray of the sky, / A glimpse of the moon like a half-closed eye.
47. Yes, the doors are locked and the ashes are white as the frost.
48. A mist about your beauty clings like a thin cloud before a star.
49. She went like snow in the springtime on a sunny hill.
50. Then I...
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