Single Word Palindromes
On this page I've collected a comprehensive
list of single word palindromes.
In the spirit of 'single word' I've decided to exclude from this list any palindromic phrases, proper nouns, or hyphenated forms, even though you will encounter these sorts of palindromes in crosswords and other puzzles from time to time.
Unfortunately, this policy means that my page must omit some palindromic gems, like...
AMANAPLANACANALPANAMA — probably the most oft' quoted palindrome of all time, but a phrase nonetheless,
MALAYALAM — the Dravidian language of Kerala, and hence a proper noun, and RACECAR — a neat word, but strictly a hyphenated form.
...which was, of course, just an excuse to mention them after all ;-)
On the other hand, a pleasant result of these strict criteria is that every word in the list is
allowed in Scrabble! Well, if your adjudicator is the Official International Scrabble Dictionary at least.
Finally, since palindromes of four letters or less are a dime a dozen, I've only included words that are at least five letters long.
And all this banter leaves us with the following single word palindromes...
ALULA A part of a bird's wing.
ANANA The pineapple.
CIVIC Pertaining to cities.
DEKED From DEKE, to feint in hockey
DELED From DELE, to delete.
DERED From DERE, to injure.
DEWED From DEW, to moisten.
KAIAK A light canoe.
KAYAK A light canoe.
LEMEL Metal filings.
LEVEL To even out.
MADAM A term of address for a woman.
MALAM A Muslim scholar.
MINIM A musical note.
RADAR A locating device.
REFER To attribute to.
ROTOR A rotating machine part.
SAGAS From SAGA, a series of novels.
SAMAS From SAMA, a Japanese title.
SEDES A seat (Latin).
SELES From SELE, good fortune.
SEMES From SEME, an ornamental pattern.
SERES From SERE, to burn the surface of.
SEXES From SEX, gender.
SHAHS From SHAH, an Iranian ruler.
SIMIS From SIMI, a type of sword.
SIRIS From SIRI, a climbing plant.
SOLOS From SOLO, to perform alone.
STATS From STAT, a statistic.
STETS From STET, to cancel a printing correction.
STOTS From STOT, to bounce.
SULUS From SULU, a Melanesian skirt.
SUSUS From SUSU, a group savings scheme.
TENET A principle.
TOROT The body of Jewish law.
ARAARA A type of fish.
ATAATA A marine gastropod.
DEGGED From DEG, to water plants.
DENNED From DEN, to retire to a lair.
HAJJAH A Muslim woman who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca.
HALLAH A type of bread.
MALLAM An African teacher.
MARRAM A type of grass.
PULLUP A body-lifting movement.
SELLES From SELLE, a saddle.
SERRES From SERRE, to press close.
SESSES From SESS, a tax.
SUCCUS Animal or plant secretion.
TALLAT A loft.
TERRET A swivel-ring.
TIRRIT Fright (Shakesp.)
DEIFIED From DEIFY, to revere as a god.
HADEDAH A type of bird.
HALALAH A Saudi Arabian monetary unit.
REIFIER From REIFY, to materialize.
REPAPER To paper again.
REVIVER One who revives.
ROTATOR Something that rotates.
SEITIES From SEITY, personal identity.
SEMEMES From SEMEME, a unit of meaning.
ROTAVATOR A soil-tilling machine.
And if you've got a soft spot for palindromes, you'll probably get a giggle out of this brilliant sketch...
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