I’ve written about this before, but I’m devoting a posting to it in hopes that search engines might pick it up. Link to it, y’all.
The adjective, “lived”, rhymes with survived, wived, hived, connived; not with the verbs lived or sieved. I had a hard time thinking of rhymes for the verb lived, so I searched the web for rhyming dictionaries. Interestingly, the first two I looked at picked different pronunciations for lived. I just put in “lived”, and didn’t specify whether I was interested in the adjective or the verb.
The first hit was Rhymezone.com, which chose the adjective, and offered me this:
Words and phrases that rhyme with lived: (26 results)
dived, gyved, hived, jived, rived, shivved, shrived, skived, stived, strived, thrived, wived
arrived, contrived, deprived, derived, nosedived, outlived, relived, revived, short-lived, shortlived, survived, unlived
The second was Rhymer.com, which chose the verb, and gave me
Rhymes with Lived
6 End Rhymes Found
2 One-Syllable Rhymes of Lived
3 Two-Syllable Rhymes of Lived
outlived relived retrieved
1 Three-Syllable Rhymes of Lived
Rhymezone.com loses points for using shivved, outlived, relived, and unlived which rhyme only with the verb; for using *strived (the past-tense form of to strive is strove) and *thrived (throve—though *thrived appears in print more often than throve and by now is probably considered correct by most authorities. Not by me! We still say, “drove” and “driven”. Why don’t throve and thriven come as naturally?).
Rhymer.com loses points for offering retrieved, which doesn’t rhyme with either the adjective or the verb; and for rhyming lived with lived. These sites presumably are generated by computers, which rely mainly on spelling, rather than human pronunciation, so none of that is really surprising; though one might wish for a web site written and edited (yes, edited) by human beings.
The adjective, lived, meaning, “provided with, or possessed of, life”, derives from the noun, life, not the verb, to live. Its similarity in spelling to the past-tense form of to live is a pure coincidence. A tree with long leaves is long-leaved, not *long-left. A person or thing with a short life is short-līved, not short-lĭved.