Double-barrelled words- 4

gender-bender     fuddy duddy         nitty gritty          pell-mell          roly-poly          goody-goody shilly-shally          loosy-goosy            ding-dong        yin-yang        hogen-mogen      mumbo-jumbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

gender-bender (N)
Meanings:
  • a person who dresses in the clothes of the other sex
  • a person who dresses and behaves like the opposite sex
Usages:
  1. Many gender-benders came in the party.

fuddy-duddy (N)
Meaning:
  • a person who is very old-fashioned and pompous
Usages:
  1. He talks like old fuddy-duddy.


nitty-gritty (N)
Meaning:
  • the most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation
  • the most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
Usages:
  1. Tables are the nitty-gritty of Maths.
  2. Grammar is the nitty-gritty of English.


pell-mell (Adv./Adj./N)
Meanings:
  • in a confused, rushed, or disorderly manner (Adv.)
  • hasty or disorganized (Adj.)
  • a disorderly situation or collection of things (N)
Usages:
  1. The children rushed pell-mell down the stairs.


goody-goody (N/Adj.)
Meanings:
  • self righteous
  • a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
Usages:
  1. If you want promotion, you must be goody-goody for the seniors.


ding-dong (N)
Meanings:
  • used to represent the sound made by a bell
  • an argument or fight
  • heartily or earnestly
Usages:
  1. They fell to work ding-dong.
  2. They were having a real ding-dong on the doorstep.
  3. I rang the bell ding-dong and then entered the house.


loosy-goosy (Adj.)
Meanings:
  • relaxed and comfortable
Usages:
  1. After eating some fruits, I feel loosy-goosy.


mumbo-jumbo (N)
Meanings:
  • language or ritual causing confusion
Usages:
  1. In a festival, we do many mumbo-jumbo.


roly-poly (Adj./N)
Meanings:
  • short, round and fat
  • a hot sweet make from suet pastry spread with jam and rolled up
Usages:
  1. My little brother is very roly-poly.
  2. And he likes to eat roly-poly.


hogen-mogen (N/Adj.)
Meanings:
  • a person having high power
  • powerful; grand
Usages:
  1. Don't show me your hogen-mogen status.
  2. I am going to a hogen-mogen party


shilly-shally (V/N)
Meanings:
  • fail to act resolutely or firmly
  • to take a long time to do something, especially to make a decision
  • not firm behaviour
Usages:
  1. Stop shilly-shallying and make up your mind.
  2. Our govenment is shilly-shallying about the suicide of the student.


yin-yang (N)
Meaning:
  • two complementary opposites
Usages:
  1. Boys and girls are yin-yang.
  2. Husband and wife is the best example of yin-yang.
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