Rhyming compounds

Rhyming compounds


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


 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”


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



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