Last Updated : 11 Aug 2015

COMPOUND WORDS

Definition :
Forming Compound Words : A compound is a unit consisting of two or more base words. Compound words are, for the most part, nouns, adjectives and verbs.

There are different types of compound words in English.

SOME IMPORTANT COMPOUND WORDS USING (NOUN + VERB)

Noun and Verb List

e.g.

NounVerbCompound Word
snowdropsnow drop
airdashair dash
tonguesliptongue slip
bookmarkbook mark
timelinetimeline
monthlypaymonthlypay
sunsetsunset
showshowshowshow
laybreaklaybreak
toothachetoothache
tieknottieknot
rootcauserootcause
headlineheadline
earmarkearmark
browbeatbrowbeat
typewritetypewrite
backbitebackbite
waylaywaylay
busstopbusstop
cloudburstcloud burst
beestingbee sting
handshakehand shake
housearresthouse arrest
earthquakeearth quake
headachehead ache
moonlitmoonlit
bloodshedblood shed
telephonecalltelephone call

SOME IMPORTANT COMPOUND WORDS USING (NOUN + GERUND)

Noun and Gerund List

e.g.

NounGerundCompound Word
cat walking cat walking
air blowing air blowing
white washing white washing
timeconsuming time consuming
accountcheckingaccount checking
timeservingtime serving
earpiercingear piercing
heartrendingheart rending
EnglishtrainingEnglish training
bookbindingbook-binding
daydreamingday dreaming
breadbakingbread baking
heartbleadingheart bleading
accountcheckingaccount checking
testdrivingtest driving
mindreadingmind reading
snowskiddingsnow skidding
mountaintrekkingmountain trekking
crossheadingcross heading
slowcyclingslow cycling
thoughtprovokingthought provoking
birdprovokingbird watching
eveteasingeve teasing
freedomlovingfreedom loving
housecleaninghouse cleaning

SOME IMPORTANT COMPOUND WORDS USING (GERUND + NOUN)

Gerund and Noun List

e.g.

GerundNounCompound Word
sleepingroomsleepingroom
sittingbenchsittingbench
restingroomrestingroom
waitinghallwaitinghall
cookinggascookinggas
learningmateriallearningmaterial
drivingschooldrivingschool
fishingnetfishingnet
starringherostarring hero
glitteringjewelsglittering jewels
visitingcardvisiting card
waitinglistwaiting list
helpinghandhelping hand
peepingTompeeping Tom
blottingpaperblotting paper
livingroomliving room
cleaningladycleaning lady
spinningwheelspinning wheel
steeringwheelsteering wheel
swimmingpoolswimming pool
washingmachinewashing machine
drinkingwaterdrinking water
sleepingpillsleeping pill
workingdayworking day
writingdeskwritingdesk
drawingroomdrawingroom
tookingglasstookingglass
steppingstonesteppingstone
blottingpaperblottingpaper
writingdeskwritingdesk
passingcloudpassingcloud
spellingbookspellingbook

SOME IMPORTANT COMPOUND WORDS USING (NOUN + NOUN)

Noun and Noun List

e.g.

NounNounCompound Word
taxpayertaxpayer
headteacherheadteacher
moneymarketmoneymarket
timetabletimetable
picturebookpicturebook
fieldglassesfieldglasses
enginedriverenginedriver
crimenovelcrimenovel
blackboardblackboard
cellphonecellphone
bluewhalebluewhale
railroadrailroad
servantmaidservantmaid
cricketballcricketball
gardenflowersgardenflowers
familybusinessfamilybusiness
postcardpostcard
airticketairticket
handbaghandbag
sunlightsunlight

SOME IMPORTANT COMPOUND WORDS USING (NOUN + ADJECTIVE)

Noun and Adjective List

e.g.

NounAdjectiveCompound Word
forcefullforcefull
carefullcarefull
badtemperedbadtempered
beautyfullbeautyfull
downwarddownward
gratefullgratefull
harmlessharmless
blackgoldblackgold
silksoftsilksoft
milkwhitemilkwhite
deadslowdeadslow
mercylessmercyless
pictureperfectpictureperfect
snowwhitesnowwhite
homesickhomesick
honeysweethoneysweet
agelessageless
accidentproneaccidentprone
roundaboutroundabout
redhotredhot

 

SOME IMPORTANT COMPOUND WORDS USING (PREPOSITION + NOUN)

Preposition and Noun List

e.g.

PrepositionNounCompound Word
overbridgeoverbridge
inboxinbox
offdayoffday
by lineby line
underclassunderclass
outlawoutlaw
forethoughtforethought
foresightforesight
overcoatovercoat
offspringoffspring
afternoonafternoon
bypathbypath
inmateinmate
downfalldownfall
insideinside
middlemanmiddleman
downhilldownhill
uplandupland
tophattophat

OTHER COMPOUND WORDS

e.g.

good (adj) + for (prep) + anything (n)good for nothing
fall (adj) + from (prep) + grace (n) fall from grace
dance (adj) + upon (prep) + nothing (n) dance upon nothing
experience (v) + of (prep) + meeting (n) experience of meeting
food (n) + for (prep) + thought (n) food for thought
short (adj) + range (verb) shortrange
lang (adj) + awaited (v) longawaited
well (adj) + kept (v) well kept
free (adj) + born(v) freeborn
under (adj) + fed (v) underfed
free (adj) + fall(v) freefall
tell (v) + tale(n) telltale

Compound Word Using in Sentences :

Even a straight walking stick has a crooked end
As the family lost the sole bread winner, they were shocked
The water table in Amazan river basin has gone down
The time table for the examination will be announced next week
The new boss overhauled the existing pattern of work
I over heard some abusive remarks but ignored them
You can overcome any challenge in life if you have hope
The earth quake shook the whole of Asia
My school is at a stone’s throw from my home
I hate blood shed even for a holy sacrifice
Food ball lovers often end up in violence
There are many flower plants in my kitchen garden
Tape recorders have become obsolete after the advent of DVD players
Black boards still dominate class room teachin in India
Gandhi’s birth place has become a holy spot now.
A woman is a gateway of souls
Eye sight is God’s gift to us
Drive slowly since your car has air brake
Eve teasing is an offence
Don’t be a devil behind the steering wheel
Education is every one’s brith right in England
Child marriage is an offence
Child-windowhood is a cruel thing
Now a days educated women do not have inferiority complex
Learning is a life-long journey
Education can elevate a low-born child to the highest office in the world
The air-crew was disturbed by a strange signal in the radar
A bird flew overhead
The air-rids did not deter the Japanese from doing their routine work
As the engine driver received all clear signal, he started the train
If wather conditions are conducive, Paris will get more rains
Real estate business is picking up even in small towns
Party leadership decided to ask the controversial minister to resign
Do not with hold your inner desire to give others what they deserve
Some hard-headed people involve in anti-social activities
The chain reaction caused by the atom bomb was horrible
A school boy believes that the world goes round him
English speaking people feel at home using computer
New fangled ideas of the youngesters on fashion irritate old people
The landslides threatened the trekkers

 

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