- a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”
- anagrams, (used with a singular verb) a game in which the players build words by transposing and, often, adding letters.
- to form (the letters of a text) into a secret message by rearranging them.
- to rearrange (the letters of a text) so as to discover a secret message.
Origin of anagram
Examples from the Web for anagrammatic
Historical Examples of anagrammatic
The anagrammatic argument had been neatly put by Sir Dudley Carleton, convincing no man.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.
John Lothrop Motley
Like many of these trifles, it will be observed that the anagrammatic reading is incomplete.Diary of John Manningham
The abandonment of this remarkable figure may be explained by its mysterious and anagrammatic character.The Catacombs of Rome
William Henry Withrow
- a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase
Word Origin for anagram
transposition of letters in a word so as to form another, 1580s, from French anagramme or Modern Latin anagramma (16c.), both from Greek anagrammatizein "transpose letters," from ana- "up, back" (see ana-) + gramma (genitive grammatos) "letter" (see grammar). Related: Anagrammatical; anagrammatically.