Word Origin 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. verb (used with object), an·a·grammed, an·a·gram·ming. 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 1580–90;
Middle French anagramme
New Latin anagramma.
-gram 1 Related forms an·a·gram·mat·ic , [an- uh-gr uh- mat-ik] /ˌæn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/ an·a·gram·mat·i·cal, adjective an·a·gram·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anagramming a word or phrase the letters of which can be rearranged into another word or phrase Derived Forms anagrammatic ( ˌænəɡrəˈmætɪk) or anagrammatical, adjective anagrammatically, adverb Word Origin for anagram
C16: from New Latin
anagramma, shortened from Greek anagrammatismos, from anagrammatizein to transpose letters, from ana- + gramma a letter
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Word Origin and History for anagramming anagram n.
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.
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