What are Kangaroo Words in English?

kangaroo word is a word which contains letters of another word, in the same order and with the same meaning. For example,

CHICKEN contains its synonym HEN (cHickEN)
ACRID contains it synonym ACID (ACrID)

And to add a bit of wit to this pun, the shorter synonyms that make up a kangaroo word are referred to as joey words just like a baby kangaroo is called joey. So, both HEN and ACID are joey words.

Here’s a list of words you did not know were actually kangaroo words🦘👇🏾

Kangaroo WordJoey Word
aberranterrant
abidebide
abnormalityanomaly
accustomedused
actionact
admonishmonish
affectact
aggravatedgrated
allocateallot
allurementlure
aloneone
amicableamiable
amicabilityamity
antiquatedantique
antisepticaseptic
appositeapt
appropriateapt
archarc
arenaarea
arouserouse
artificeart
artistryart
astoundstun
avocationvocation
balderdashblah
balsambalm
banishban
barrenbare
barricadedbarred
barrierbar
barristersbar
becausecause
belatedlate
bemoanmoan
blossombloom
blotchblot
bombardbomb
bracketsbraces
burstbust
cacodemondemon
calumnieslies
canistercan
capableable
capsulecase
cartooncart
casketcase
catacombtomb
caverncave
chargecare
charismacharm
chocolatecocoa
cleanserclean
cloisteredclosed
closemouthedmute
cluecue
clumplump
communitycounty, city
complaisantcompliant, pliant
concedecede
concessioncession
containercan, tin
contaminatetaint
contradictorycontrary
cooledcold
curtailcut
damseldame
daubdab
dazzledaze
deceaseddead
deceptioncon
definitivedefinite
deliberatedebate
departeddead
departmentarm
depositorydepot
destructionruin
deterioraterot, die, riot
devilishevil
devoidvoid
dicedie
disappointedsad
disguiseguise
dismayedsad
disputationspat
disseminatedsent
distressdire
donatordonor
egotistegoist
electricalelectric
encourageurge
enjoymentjoy
entwinedtied
equilateralequal
eradicatedride
evacuatevacate
existsis
expurgatepurge
extraneousextra
fabricationfiction
facadeface
factualactual
falsifiedlied
fanfaronadefanfare
feasteat
felicitousfit
fractionration
frangiblefragile, frail
grandiosegrand
giganticgiant
granulatedgrated
hallwayhall
hedgerowhedge
himselfhe
historystory
honorablenoble
intoxicatetoxic
invaluablevaluable
iratenessire
isletisle
isolatedsole
ignorablenoble
illuminatedlit
imaginaryairy
impassivepassive
impertinentpert
incapabilityinability
indolentidle
inhabitablehabitable
inheritorheir
insigniasign
instructortutor
interfuseinfuse
investigatevet
joinedone
jovialityjoy
kindredkin
latestlast
lightedlit
lymphosarcomalymphoma
magistermaster, mister
marketmart
masculinemale
midsectionmidst
misinterpretederred
moisturemist
mutterutter
myselfme
neuroticnut
nodulednode
nourishednursed
obligatedobliged
obnoxiousnoxious
observesee
omnibusbus
oldenold
ornamentedornate
outspokenopen
pantaloonspants
partiallypartly
perambulateramble
perimeterrim
personalitypersona
plagiaristliar
platterplate
posturedposed
precipitationrain
prematurelyearly
prosecutesue
quagmiremire
quarterquart
quintupletquintet
rambunctiousraucous
rampagerage
ransacksack
ravagingraging
recapitulaterecap
reclinelie
respiterest
regulaterule
refurbishmentrefit
revivifiedrevived
revolutionrevolt
routinerut
salvagesalve
satiatesate
satisfiedsated
scionson
scrubrub
separatepart
shadowyshady
signalsign
slitheredslid
splotchspot
strivestries
substandardbad
superficialsurficial
supervisorsuperior
supremacistracist
sweatywet
trackedtraced
transgressionsin
truthfullytruly
umpteenthnth
unanimityunity
underneathunder
unsightlyugly
utilisingusing
variegatedvaried
weakeningwaning
whatsoeverwhatever
yearningyen

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