Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.
  • noun A game in which players form words from a group of randomly picked letters.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To form into an anagram.
  • noun A transposition of the letters of a word or sentence, to form a new word or sentence: thus, Galenus is an anagram of angelus.
  • noun A word formed by reading the letters of one or more words backward; a palindrome: thus, evil is an anagram of live.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Literally, the letters of a word read backwards, but in its usual wider sense, the change of one word or phrase into another by the transposition of its letters. Thus Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious man) may be turned into I moyl in law.
  • transitive verb To anagrammatize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun of words A word or phrase that is created by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.
  • verb To form anagrams.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase
  • verb read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New 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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late 16th century, from French anagramme, formed on Greek ἀνά (ana, "up, back") + γράμμα (gramma, "letter").

Examples

  • Oh, Humbert Humbert anagram is Hmm, the brute rub!

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  • Mittelos was probably chosen as a name for the front biolab because the anagram is “lost time” and little else.

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  • Has anyone figured out what the third anagram is from the final�????

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  • In Rouen, the queens of hearts, diamonds and clubs were Rachel, mother of Joseph; Argine, an anagram of regina, the Latin word for queen; and Judith, of the Old Testament.

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  • There are 31 actors' and actresses' surnames in this poem, including one full name anagram in the first verse.

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  • There are 31 actors' and actresses' surnames in this poem, including one full name anagram in the first verse.

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  • Parliament, under the name of ‘The Senate of Lilliput,’ sometimes with feigned denominations of the several speakers, sometimes with denominations formed of the letters of their real names, in the manner of what is called anagram, so that they might easily be decyphered.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • What we certainly know to have been done by him in this way, was the Debates in both houses of Parliament, under the name of 'The Senate of Lilliput,' sometimes with feigned denominations of the several speakers, sometimes with denominations formed of the letters of their real names, in the manner of what is called anagram, so that they might easily be decyphered.

    Life Of Johnson

  • Parliament, under the name of 'The Senate of Lilliput,' sometimes with feigned denominations of the several speakers, sometimes with denominations formed of the letters of their real names, in the manner of what is called anagram, so that they might easily be decyphered.

    Life of Johnson, Volume 1 1709-1765

  • What we certainly know to have been done by him in this way, was the Debates in both houses of Parliament, under the name of 'The Senate of Lilliput,' sometimes with feigned denominations of the several speakers, sometimes with denominations formed of the letters of their real names, in the manner of what is called anagram, so that they might easily be decyphered.

    Boswell's Life of Johnson Abridged and edited, with an introduction by Charles Grosvenor Osgood

Comments

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  • Is there a better word than Christmas for generating anagrams?

    Here are some nice seasonal ones:

    mirth sacs (think bowlful of jelly...)

    trims cash

    misc. trash

    Other cool ones:

    scrim hats

    art schism

    ram schist

    miss chart

    cart shims

    shirt cams

    car smiths

    marsh tics...

    Happy Holidays from Mr. Ass Itch...

    December 13, 2007

  • HAHA! *runs off to rewrite Christmas cards*

    December 13, 2007

  • Here's part of a card that I sent out a few years ago, reesetee.

    Of course, I left out "this crams" and "crams shit" since they didn't seem too seasonal.

    December 14, 2007

  • Love it--great idea. Of course you signed them "Mr. Ass Itch," right?

    December 14, 2007

  • Only to friends who knew I was joking...

    December 14, 2007

  • The best kind of friends.

    December 14, 2007

  • Absolutely. Virtual or otherwise...

    Signed, Mr. Ass Itch

    December 14, 2007

  • :-D

    December 14, 2007

  • Speaking of anagrams, have you noticed that "chained bear" can become I had beer can? How about I? A beach nerd? My favorite, though, is brained each. (Well, aside from the obvious chained bare...)

    December 14, 2007

  • Just think of television programming over Christmas. Crams shit is very seasonal.

    December 14, 2007