Compound (linguistics)

lexeme that consists of more than one stem

Compound words are words that add together to make a new word, like the word side and walk, to make sidewalk. These words often develop over time.[1] They can start as two words joined with a hyphen, and then become a compound word. There are three types of compound words; closed, hyphenated and open.[1] A closed compound word is joined into one word like keyboard or makeup. A hyphenated word is two words joined with a hyphen like mother-in-law. Open compound words are words which are used together like police station, or fire engine.

Common compound wordsEdit

This is a short list with some common compound words.

  • newspaper
  • pigtail
  • handbag
  • sandbox
  • sometimes
  • basketball
  • elsewhere
  • peppermint


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Compound Words". 2005. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.