Rhyming compounds

Rhyming compounds

Example:

creepy-crawly, dilly-dally, fuddy-duddy, hanky-panky, hocus-pocus, hodge-podge, hoity-toity, helter-skelter, hubbub, itsy-bitsy, lovey-dovey, mumbo-jumbo, nitty-gritty, pell-mell, ragtag, razzle-dazzle, super-duper, teeny-weenie, wheeler-dealer, willy-nilly.

The following are examples of

assonating compounds:

bric-a-brac, dilly-dally, dribs and drab, flimflam, flip-flop, gewgaw, mish-mash, ping-pong, riff-raff, seesaw, sing-song, whim-wham, whippersnapper, wishy-washy, zigzag.

Other variants of rhyming compounds, as follows:

(1)     word-pairs – significantly not hyphenated or conflated –

where the second element is a legitimate word and not a coinage

for the purpose of rhyming with the first

Example:

 blame game, brain drain, dream team, eager beaver, gal pal, jet set, legal eagle, toy boy

(2)     compounds or short phrases with two rhyming words linked by a particle,

shown underlined (razzmatazz) or connected by the conjunction “and”

Example:

gloom and doom, hither and thither, hustle and bustle, wear and tear, wine and dine.

 

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