What Are Anagrams? (with Examples)

Anagrams

Words that share the same letters as each are anagrams. In other words, an anagram is a word made up of the same letters as another word.

Easy Examples of Anagrams

  • stop, tops, opts, pots, and spot
  • (These words are all made up of the same letters. They are anagrams.)
  • stool and tools
  • secure and rescue

Examples of Funny Anagrams

Anagrams are usually created just for fun. They are most effective when their meanings are associated or even the same. For example:
  • Dormitory and Dirty Room
  • Elvis and Lives
  • The country side and No City Dust Here
  • Heavy Rain and Hire a Navy
  • Eleven plus two and Twelve plus one

An Example of a Long and Clever Anagram

If there's a better anagram than this, then I haven't seen it:
and

The Longest Single-Word Anagrams

Here are the longest single-word anagrams:
  • hydroxydeoxycorticosterones and hydroxydesoxycorticosterone
  • conversationalists and conservationalists
  • (This the longest non-scientific single-word anagram.)

Why Should I Care about Anagrams?

Anagrams are usually created just for fun, but, for teachers, creating anagrams can be a useful way to encourage students to play with letters and words.

Anagrams can also have another, more business-like use though as they can make a message more impactful and memorable. Consider these anagrams:
  • The country side and no city dust here
  • Heavy rain and Hire a navy
The first anagram could help with making an anti-pollution message more impactful and memorable, while the second could help in a bid to improve flood defences. (You might have to point out that they're anagrams though.)

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See Also

Try our anagram builder. What is a palindrome? What is an oxymoron? What is alliteration What is assonance? What is consonance? What is a logosglyph? Glossary of grammatical terms