You might hear my term in sports or an online game

If I loose my 3rd letter I might reference a head or a tie

Switch my first two letters, read me backwards and read me reverse. Oh what a shame.

Leave my first letter and keep my vowels too, then I definitely won't sound dry.

What am I?

  • $\begingroup$ Is "read me backwards and read me reverse" intentional? $\endgroup$
    – Mohit Jain
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 5:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MohitJain, Actually for this one, yes, it is intentional. $\endgroup$
    – Jason_
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 5:26

1 Answer 1


The word is


In sports or an online game,

The server is the person serving a volleyball or tennis ball, or the computer system the game is running on.

If you remove the 3rd letter it becomes

sever -- you could speak of a severed head (ew) or severing ties with someone.

If you switch the first two letters and read it backwards it becomes


Remove all the consonants but the first letter and it becomes

see, which sounds like "sea".

  • $\begingroup$ damn, I was somehow trying to make "serve" work.... $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 6:07

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