Compound Word List -- American English -- Page 1

American English uses many compound words. Many of these are not accepted in British English, however. I use these to show how we combine two words to make a new word. Many times the students know the single words and I let them try to discover what new word is created by the combination. Acknowledge that some of the words may be used as two words but with a new meaning. An example is "afternoon" and "after noon." Also some words can be expressed as two words with no change in meaning. An example is "ballgame" and "ball game." Some cannot be used as two words such as "applesauce." In general most compound words take on the meaning of the combination of the two words in the compound word. This not always true, however. The word understand does not take on the meaning of either of the two words that make up that compound word.

Adman
  1. adman
  2. afterhours
  3. afternoon
  4. airhead
  5. airmail
  6. airplane
  7. airport
  8. anybody
  9. anyhow
  10. anymore
  11. anyone
  12. anyplace
  13. anything
  14. anytime
  15. anyway
  16. anywhere
  17. applesauce
  18. armrest
  19. armchair
  20. ashcan
  1. awesome
  2. awestruck
  3. babysit
  4. backache
  5. backboard
  6. backbone
  7. backbreaker
  8. backfire
  9. background
  10. backhand
  11. backlash
  12. backlog
  13. backpack
  14. backrub
  15. backslide
  16. backstop
  17. backstroke
  18. backtrack
  19. backup
  20. backwater
  1. backwoods
  2. bagboy
  3. baldheaded
  4. ballgame
  5. ballplayer
  6. bandmaster
  7. bandstand
  8. bankbook
  9. barefaced
  10. barnyard
  11. baseball
  12. basketball
  13. batboy
  14. bathrobe
  15. bathroom
  16. bathtub
  17. battlefield
  18. battlewagon
  19. bedclothes
  20. bedpan
  1. bedpost
  2. bedrock
  3. bedroll
  4. bedroom
  5. bedside
  6. bedspread
  7. bedtime
  8. beefsteak
  9. beehive
  10. bellbottom
  11. benchmark
  12. bighead
  13. billboard
  14. billfold
  15. birdhouse
  16. birthday
  17. birthmark
  18. birthplace
  19. blackbird
  20. blackboard
  1. blacklist
  2. blackout
  3. blowout
  4. blueberry
  5. bluebird
  6. blueblood
  7. bluegrass
  8. bluenose
  9. blueprint
  10. boardwalk
  11. boathouse
  12. bonehead
  13. bookcase
  14. bookkeeper
  15. bookmark
  16. bookstore
  17. bookworm
  18. bowstring
  19. boxcar
  20. brainstorm
Billy Mays - Adman - Pitchman