This is a Closed Compound Word ( A single non hyphenated or non seperated word made of 2 seperate words).

Made up of 2 words say A and B

When reversed it is also a closed compound word. So both AB and BA are closed compound words.

The word AB results from the word BA

It has 5 consonants.

Words only from a standard Webster or Oxford dictionaries please. No proper nouns or slang words.

It is a simple word so please do not go to computers and check all compound words!

There may be 2 solutions. Second one a little stretched.


It fills the blanks in the following

That ________ must have come from a _______.

For the second solution

They make them do a lot of ________ in that ________.

  • $\begingroup$ When you say "reversed", do you mean the whole word is reversed or we exchange the two sub-parts. For example, would the word "doghouse", when reversed, become "housedog" or "esuohgod" ? $\endgroup$ – hexomino Nov 17 '18 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ Doghouse will become Housedog. But i dont think housedog is a compound word $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 17 '18 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ It is such a simple word @Chris Happy. Easy to find if you go to a compound word list. Lot more fun if you do not. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 18 '18 at 0:11

Here's a simple 5-consonant possibility...

When you're having a sleepover, you might oversleep. Hence one results in the other.

A couple more to match that new template:

That gunshot must have come from a shotgun.

That houseguest must have come from a guesthouse.

And for that second template, maybe:

They make them do a lot of housework in that workhouse?

Other words I could think of that don't quite fit:

An upstart could come from a startup company, but I think the correct form is start-up.

There's also overturn and turnover, but they're too much alike.

A birdsong comes out of a songbird, but it has 6 consonants.

And a houseboat could come out of a boathouse, I guess, but it has just 4 consonants. Though you could always cheat a little and pluralize it. ;)


I found three solutions:


  • $\begingroup$ @Devousi. One restriction is that the word AB results from the word BA. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 17 '18 at 16:16
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    $\begingroup$ @DEEM I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by "AB results from the word BA." Like, in a sentence? As in, "you can get an AB from a BA" should be a valid thought pattern? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Nov 17 '18 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ It is like "AB comes from BA" would be a correct clue too. Like a sentence $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 17 '18 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM What do you mean by "comes from"? That would be a grammatically correct sentence for any of these pairs. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Nov 17 '18 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ Like Passover comes from Overpass. Not correct of course. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 17 '18 at 23:07

Besides having fewer than 5 consonants, I thought of a palindromic compound word almost immediately:


  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! I'm afraid that's not what OP means by "reversed" - they mean that when you swap the order of the two words in the compound word, you will get another compound word. That is not the case with your word. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Nov 17 '18 at 16:46

Writeover /overwrite

Comeover /overcome

night over/overnight

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! The puzzle is asking for real English words that could, say, be found in a dictionary, but yours don't seem to fit that. Your examples are only valid as separate words, not as closed compound words. Why not take the tour for an easy badge? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Nov 17 '18 at 17:33

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