Reduplicative compound

From Teflpedia

A reduplicative compound, also known as a "ricochet word" or "vocal gesture", is a paired word that differs either only in a vowel (tick-tock) or a consonant (lovey-dovey).[1] They are often, but not always, hyphenated.

They can be used as compound nouns, compound verbs and/or compound adjectives, as adverbs or as exclamations (Jeepers creepers!):

Compound nouns[edit]

  • argle-bargle; argy-bargy; fuddy-duddy; heebie-jeebies; hokey-cokey; hokey-pokey; hubble-bubble; hurly-burly; jim-jams; mish-mash; nitty-gritty; pell-mell; pitter-patter; see-saw; shilly-shally; tick-tock; tittle-tattle; yummy mummy;

Compound adjectives[edit]

  • helter-skelter; higgledy-piggledy; hoity-toity; hotsy-totsy; itsy-bitsy; lovey-dovey; okey-dokey; teenie-weenie; wishy-washy;

References[edit]

See also[edit]

This article is a stub and may need expanding. If you feel you can help improve it please click the "Edit" link at top to edit it. If you need help editing, simple guidance can be found here.