Compound Nouns List with Examples

In this section we’ll learn what are compound nouns, then we’ll see some examples to build understanding and learn how to correctly use them while writing sentences.

What are Compound Nouns?

Compound nouns are words used for name, place, animal, things, ideas or people, made up of two or more words for example – well-known, bedroom, ice cream etc. When these words are joined together they create a new word that has an entirely new meaning.

In most common form of compound nouns they have two parts. The first part tells us what kind of object or person it is, or what its purpose is for example – dry, well, bed, swimming. The second part of the word identifies the object, action or person in question.

The two words used to form a compound word have a different meaning and the word formed will have a different meaning.

Examples of Compound Nouns

Following is a long list of compound nouns which you can use to teach your kids.

backlashnotebookcrybaby
oatmealfireflybarnyard
firemancutthroatoutdoors
daredevilbaseballfishbowl
bathroompancakedarkroom
passwordflashbackbedtime
foolproofdaydreamquicksand
butterflytapewormdustpan
teardropheartbeatcatfish
householdearacheteaspoon
eardrumchairmaniceberg
checkmateundermineearphone
vineyardinlandcheesecloth
jigsawearringwaistline
earthquakechopstickkeyhole
clockworkwallpaperearthworm
workshopkneecapcopycat
ladybugeyeballWorldwide
courthouseaircraftEggplant
armchairmarketplaceCowboy
mealtimeelsewherearmpit
endlesscrackpotnightmare
crossbeambackgroundeyebrow
dishwasherbillboardfootprint
bobcatrainbowdrainpipe
raincoatfourteenbrainstorm
gatewaydrawbridgerailway
drawstringbreakfastgrapefruit
briefcasesailboatdriftwood
scarecrowgrasshopperbulldog
greenhousedrivewayseashell
drumstickbuttercuphallway

Sentences Using Compound Nouns

We’ll see some example sentences to give you a clear understanding of how compound nouns are used. The words which are compound nouns are italicized for your easy identification.

  • I need to complete my worksheet.
    Explanation : Here work and sheet are two different words combined to form worksheet.
  • Are you a bodyguard ?
    Explanation : Here body and guard are two different words fused to form bodyguard.
  • That sunflower is really beautiful.
    Explanation : Here sun and flower are two different words combined to form sunflower.
  • This is my living room.
    Explanation : Here living and room are two different words combined to form living room.
  • It is a well-known painting.
    Explanation : Here well and known are two different words combined to form well-known
  • It is a swimming pool.
    Explanation : In this example swimming and pool are two different words joined to form swimming pool.

As you see the examples above, try to figure out the type of compound nouns used. The more you read and practice, the more you learn and build your vocabulary.

Note : The spelling of the two words combined is not necessarily changed when they are joined together.

Keep exploring EnglishBix to learn about different types of compound words and how they are formed.

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