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)
- [pl., with sing. v.] 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.