What Are Anagrams? (with Examples)

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What Are Anagrams? (with Examples)

An anagram is a word made up of the same letters as another word.

When two (or more) words are made up of the same letters as each other, they are anagrams of each other. Here are some examples:
  • stop, tops, opts, pots, and spot
  • (These words are all made up of the same letters. They are anagrams.)
  • stool and tools
  • secure and rescue

Examples of Funny Anagrams

Anagrams are usually created just for fun. They are most effective when their meanings are associated or even the same. For example:
  • Dormitory and Dirty Room
  • Elvis and Lives
  • The country side and No City Dust Here
  • Heavy Rain and Hire a Navy
  • Eleven plus two and Twelve plus one

An Example of a Long and Clever Anagram

Look at this anagram:

"To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune."


"In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten." (Cory Calhoun)

The longest single-word anagrams are:

hydroxydeoxycorticosterones and hydroxydesoxycorticosterone

The longest non-scientific single-word anagrams are:

conversationalists and conservationalists