- truly the letters of a word look over backwards but in its typical wider good sense the alteration of 1 word or expression into another by the transposition of the letters Thus Galenus becomes angelus William Noy lawyer general to Charles we and a laborious guy are changed into we moyl in law
- read letters out of order to realize a concealed definition
- a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of some other term or term
- actually, the letters of a word read backwards, however in its typical broader sense, the change or one-word or phrase into another by the transposition of their letters. Hence Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious guy) is turned into we moyl in-law.
- To anagrammatize.
transposition of letters in a word in order to form another, 1580s, from French anagramme or contemporary Latin anagramma (16c.), both from Greek anagrammatizein "transpose letters," from ana- "up, straight back" (see ana-) + gramma (genitive grammatos) "letter" (see grammar). Relevant: Anagrammatical; anagrammatically.
(letter.) virtually, the letters of a word read backwards, in its normal larger good sense, the change or one word or term into another because of the transposition of the letters. Hence Galenus becomes angelus; William Noy (attorney-general to Charles I., and a laborious guy) may be changed into I moyl in-law.
- (v. t.) To anagrammatize.
The name Goliad, probably an anagram of the name of the Mexican patriot Hidalgo (1753-1811), was first used about 1829.