REDUPLICATIVES

                                              

Reduplicatives are compound words which are doubled or duplicated in a rhyming manner. They are used as nouns, verbs and adjectives. These are mostly used in informal writing and are formed by changing a vowel or a consonant in the two words. Sometimes they are formed through repetition of the first word. Here are some examples of total and partial rhyming reduplication that we often come across in our daily life. There are plenty of these playful coinages in English.

  1. Airy-fairy               
  2. Argy-bargy            
  3. Blah-blah         
  4. boy-toy     
  5. Bye-bye       
  6. Chick-flick          
  7. Chit-chat          
  8. Claptrap      
  9. Criss-cross             
  10. Dilly-dally        
  11. Ding-dong
  12. Double-trouble    
  13. Drip-drop               
  14. Easy-peasy            
  15. Fifty-fifty               
  16. Flim-flam               
  17. Flip-flop                 
  18. Goody-goody         
  19. Girly–girly              
  20. Hanky-panky         
  21. Hobnob                 
  22. Hulla-ballo            
  23. Hurly-burly           
  24. Hurdy-gurdy         
  25. Hocus-pocus         
  26. Holus-bolus           
  27. Hoochy-coochy
  28. Helter-skelter        
  29. Harum-scarum      
  30. Higgledy-piggledy 
  31. Hugger-mugger     
  32. Hotchpotch           
  33. Hush-hush             
  34. Itsy-bitsy
  35. Knick-knacks          
  36. Lovey-dovey          
  37. Mish-mash             
  38. Mumbo-jumbo      
  39. Nick –nack        
  40. Nitwit
  41. Nitty-gritty       
  42. Namby-pamby       
  43. Okey-dokey            
  44. Pitter-patter           
  45. Ping-pong                
  46. Riff-raff                    
  47. Rag-tag                    
  48. Rantum-scantum  
  49. See-saw                   
  50. Shilly-shally             
  51. Sing-song                 
  52. Super-duper          
  53. Teeny-weeny  
  54. Tip-top                     
  55. Topsy-turvy          
  56. Toy-boy   
  57. Walkie-talkie       
  58. Willy-nilly     
  59. Wishy-washy
  60. Zig-zag