Making “astronomer” into “moon starer” is an example of an anagram.
- a word or phrase made from another by rearranging its letters (Ex.: now ? won, dread ? adder)
- a game whose object is to make words by arranging letters from a common pool or by forming anagrams from other words
Origin of anagramFrench anagramme ; from Classical Greek ana-, back + gramma, letter (see gram), modeled on Classical Greek anagrammatizein, to write the letters of a name backwards
- A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.
- anagrams (used with a sing. verb) A game in which players form words from a group of randomly picked letters.
Origin of anagramNew Latin anagramma, from Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein, to rearrange letters in a word : ana-, from bottom to top; see ana– + gramma, grammat-, letter; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present anagrams, present participle anagramming, simple past and past participle anagrammed)
- To form anagrams.