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Often, the meaning of a compound word cannot be discovered by knowing the meaning of the different words that form it. Compounds can be written either as one word or as separate words (sometimes hyphenated).
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A
afterthought, airplane, another, anybody, anyhow, anyone, anything, anywhere, armchair

B
backbone, backspace, backwoods, become, bedroom, beeswax, birthday, birthright, blackberry, blackbird, blackboard, blackmail, bloodvessel, bluebell, bodyguard, bookkeeper, bolthole, brainstorm, breadbin, brushwood

C
cardboard, carefree, caretaker, carpet, chairman, clockwork, commonsense, copyright, cupboard

D
daylight, dead weight, downfall, downstairs

E
earring, earthwork, evergreen, everybody, everyday, everyone, everything, everywhere, eyeball

F
fatherland, fingerprint, firearm, fire-engine, firefly, fireman, fireplace, firework, first-rate, floppy disk, football, footlights, footman, footnote, footprint, footstep, friendship

G
gasworks, goalkeeper, goldfish, goodlooking, good-morning, goodnight, gunboat, gun-carriage, gunmetal, gunpowder

H
haircut, handbook, handwriting, headdress, headland, headphones, headstone, headway, hereafter, herewith, herself, highlands, highway, himself, horsback, horseplay, horsepower, hourglass, houseboat, housekeeper, however

I
inasmuch, income, indoors, inland, inlet, input, inside, instep, into, itself

J
joystick,

K
keyboard

L
landmark, landslip, lawsuit, lighthouse, lipstick, loanshark, looking-glass, loophole

M
manhandle, manhole, meeting room, moonlight, myself

N
network, newspaper, nightcap, nobody, nothing, nowhere

O
offspring, oncoming, oneself, oneline, onlooker, onto, ourselves, outburst, outcome, outcry, outdoor, outgoing, outhouse, outlaw, outlet, outline, outlook, output, outside, outskirts, outstretched, overacting, overall overbalancing, overbearing, overcoat, overcome, overdo, overdressed, overfull, overhanging, overhead, overland, overleaf, overload, overlook, overseas, overseer, overshoe, overstatement, overtake, overtaxed, overtime, overturned, overuse, overvalued, overweight, overworking

P
pincushion, plaything , policeman, policewoman, postman, postwoman, postmark, postmaster, postoffice

Q , R
railway, receivership, runway, runaway

S
scarecrow, seaman, secondhand, shorthand, shutdown, sideboard, sidewalk, sinkhole, skyscraper, somebody, someday, somehow, someone, something, sometime, somewhat, somewhere, starlight, startup, steamship, suchlike, sunburn, sunlight, sunshade, sweetheart

T
themselves, timesheet, today, tonight, toothpaste, tradesman

U
underclothing, undercooked, undergo, undergrowth, undermined, undersigned, undersized, understatement, undertake, undertaker, undervalued, undo, update, upkeep, uplift, upon, upright, upstairs, uptake, uptight

V
viewpoint .

W
wallpaper, waterfall, weekend, well-being, well-off, whatever, whenever, whereas, whereby, wherever, whichever, whitewash, whoever, windpipe, within, without, woodwork, workhouse , workman, workmanship, workout

X
x-ray

Y
yearbook, yourself

Z
zookeeper

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