Appendix:Palindromic words

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This appendix contains known single-word palindromes in a variety of different languages. Within each section words are sorted by length (longest first). Words of the same length are sorted alphabetically. For multi-word palindromes see Appendix:Palindromic phrases.

Non-English palindromic words[edit]

Albanian[edit]

Arabic[edit]

  • تُوْت tuut (consonant letters t-w-t) – mulberry
  • خَوْخ khawkh (consonant letters kh-w-kh) – peach
  • لَيْل layl (consonant letters l-y-l) – night
  • تحت taHt (consonant letters t-H-t) – under

Armenian[edit]

  • ինի ini - name of the letter i (ի)

Bulgarian[edit]

Catalan[edit]

Danish[edit]

  • regninger (9 letters) - bills
  • ærtetræ (7) - Caragana (plant)
  • mellem (6) - between
  • redder - salvage-corps-man; save
  • retter - dishes; lawcourts; straighten; aim; address (v); correct; adjust
  • kajak (5) - kayak
  • neden - below, beneath
  • rader - radar
  • reber - reef (v)
  • reder - shipowner; nests; comb (hair); make (a bed)
  • rener - reindeer (pl.)
  • rejer - shrimps
  • rotor - rotor
  • ebbe (4) - low water; ebb
  • elle - alders
  • emme ~ radiate
  • esse - forge
  • aha (3) - aha
  • ara - macaw
  • bob - a game, some kind of caroms
  • did - thither
  • dvd - DVD
  • dyd - virtue
  • død - death, dead
  • dåd - deed
  • ege - spoke (wheel); boat; oaks
  • eje - possess, possession
  • ene - alone
  • fif - trick
  • gag - gag (noun)
  • gig - gig
  • gøg - cuckoo (bird)
  • kik - peep (noun)
  • kok - cook
  • kuk - cuckoo (sound)
  • kæk - brave; spirited; cheerful
  • lal - bable maunder, drivel; dawdle
  • mim - mime (v)
  • nyn - humming
  • næn - gentle, careful
  • obo - oboe
  • pap - cardboard
  • pep - go, pep (noun)
  • pip - chirp, tweet, peep; pip (chicken disease)
  • pop - pop (popular music)
  • rar - plesant, kind
  • rir - tack (v), baste
  • ror - rudder (for a ship)
  • rur - Balanidae (animal)
  • rær - lanky fellow, beanpole (pers.)
  • rør - pipe, tube, reed, cane
  • ses - be seen; meet
  • sis - sieve's, (tea) strainer's, colander's; be sieved
  • sms - SMS (text message)
  • SOS - SOS
  • sos - sow's
  • sus - whistling, singing (fx wind)
  • sys - be sewed
  • søs - lake's, sea's, pool's
  • sås - was seen, have met
  • tit - short look; often; peep
  • tot - tuft (fx hair), wad (fx of cotton), wisp (fx of hair); taut
  • tut - fingerstall; roll (of coins)
  • tæt - close (contact, formation); dense (fog, crowd, language); watertight
  • udu - breaking down (a machine)
  • uhu - tu-whoo (the owl's sound); boohoo (crying)
  • viv - wife
  • vov - bow-wow, woof-woof
  • væv - loom (noun), weave (v)
  • wow - wow

Dutch[edit]

Egyptian[edit]

  • Habibah - Proper name for girls meaning loved

Esperanto[edit]

  • erare (5) – incorrectly
  • imami – to be an imam
  • salas – is salting
  • sanas – is healthy
  • satas – is satiated
  • sidis – sat
  • sonos – will make a sound
  • aĉa (3) – of poor quality; objectionable
  • ada – continual
  • aga – of or related to an action
  • aĝa – of or related to age
  • aĵa – of or related to a thing
  • ala – of or related to a wing
  • ama – of or related to love
  • ana – of or related to a member
  • ara – of or related to a collection or set
  • asa – of or related to an ace
  • ava – of or related to a grandfather
  • ene – within
  • idi – to be a descendant
  • igi – to cause to be
  • iĝi – to become
  • ili – they
  • iri – to go
  • mem – -self/selves
  • nun – now
  • Obo – name of a river in Siberia
  • odo – ode
  • oho – aha
  • oko – the number or numeral 8; a set of eight
  • omo – ohm
  • Onano – name of a comune in Italy
  • Orero – name of a comune in Italy
  • ono – divisor
  • opo – a collective grouping
  • oro – gold
  • oto – (medicine) ear
  • ovo – egg
  • ozo – (biochemistry) monosaccharide
  • umu – do (some unspecific action)!

Estonian[edit]

Finnish[edit]

Finnish has two 25-letter palindromes:

Other palindromes:

French[edit]

9 letters
7 letters
6 letters
5 letters
4 letters
3 letters
2 letters
  • aa
  • Aa (a French river)
  • MM
  • (a French village)

German[edit]

Greek[edit]

Hebrew[edit]

  • ולכשתשכלו – and when you will bereave (the longest palindromic word in Hebrew with meaning)
  • לאיתיאל – to Ithiel (the longest palindromic word in the Bible, Proverbs 30:1)
  • סוס– horse
  • ישי– Yishai, David’s father (male first name)
  • דוד– David, Yishai’s son (also uncle)
  • נתן– Nathan or Natan, David’s son
  • ירי– Firing of a bullet.
  • אבא- Father (interestingly Dad is a palindrome as well. pronounced: Abba another palindrome.
  • מים - Water

Hungarian[edit]

Icelandic[edit]

Indonesian and Malay (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei)[edit]

Interlingua[edit]

  • evitative (adj., 9 letters) – evitative
  • anilina (7 letters) – aniline
  • Nauruan (adj., 7 letters) – Nauruan
  • rotator (7 letters) – rotator
  • etate (5 letters) – age
  • kayak (5 letters) – kayak
  • radar (5 letters) – radar
  • Anna (4 letters) – Anna
  • osso (4 letters) – bone
  • aha! (3 letters) – aha!
  • ala (3 letters) – wing
  • lol (3 letters) – lol (laughing out loud)
  • non (3 letters) – not
  • ovo (3 letters) – egg, ovum

Inuit[edit]

Italian[edit]

Japanese[edit]

See also kaibun.

Kabyle[edit]

Korean[edit]

Latin[edit]

Marathi[edit]

Norwegian[edit]

Persian[edit]

Polish[edit]

Portuguese[edit]

Punjabi[edit]

Romanian[edit]

Russian[edit]

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Latin script; see the entries themselves for Cyrillic equivalents
  • aga (agha)
  • Ana (a female first name)
  • ara (macaw)
  • bob
  • dud
  • geg (gag)
  • ići (to go)
  • ili (or)
  • ini (others)
  • joj (ouch)
  • kajak (kayak)
  • kapak (eyelid)
  • kisik (oxygen)
  • Krk (a Croatian island)
  • kuk (hip)
  • ljulj (Lolium perenne, a grass)
  • melem (salve)
  • monom
  • Nadan (a male first name)
  • Natan (a male first name, Nathan)
  • neven (marigold)
  • Nin (a Croatian city)
  • oko (eye, around)
  • ono (that, it)
  • oro (hora)
  • Oto (a male first name)
  • ovo (this)
  • pop
  • potop (flood)
  • pup (bud)
  • radar (radar)
  • ranar (healer)
  • ratar
  • reper (rapper)
  • rotor
  • šaš (Acorus, a genus of plants)
  • sukus
  • tat
  • Tit a male first name, Titus (New Testament, Gal 2:3)
  • topot (trample)
  • zalaz

Slovene[edit]

  • aga - agha
  • aha - aha
  • ara - deposit / parrot
  • ata - father
  • bob - broad bean / bobsled
  • ded - grandfather
  • gag - gag
  • iti - going
  • oko - eye (twin palindrome)
  • ono - it
  • oro - dance
  • pop - priest of the Orthodox Church
  • tat - thief
  • vrv - rope
  • Ada - given name
  • Ana - given name
  • Ivi - given name
  • Oto - given name
  • Natan - given name
  • Kuk - place name

Spanish[edit]

Swedish[edit]

  • Naturrutan (10) – The Nature Square (name of a TV show)
  • retsyster (9) – teasy sister
  • varggrav (8) – wolf-grave
  • gnupung (7) – antelope-scrotum
  • raggar (6) –
  • tappat : lost, dropped, mislaid
  • Kivik (5) – name of a small Swedish fishing village also a Cider brand
  • rotor (same as in English)
  • rapar burps
  • ratar refuses to choose
  • reser travels
  • rosor roses
  • rovor turnips
  • ståts pomp's
  • stats state's
  • Anna (4) – (a female name)
  • amma breast-feed
  • (alfa) Laval (a name of a Swedish company)
  • Otto (a male name)
  • alla all, everyone
  • naan (a bread from India)
  • aga (the AGA-stowe, the name of a company making liquefied petroleum gas, also corporal punishment)
  • aha ( the meaning is the same as in English)
  • apa (3) – monkey
  • ara a kind of parrot
  • Bob (a male name and also the name of a company making jam, lemonade and marmelade)
  • dåd deed
  • kuk cock
  • kåk slang – house, prison
  • kök kitchen
  • nån short for någon – somebody, anybody
  • pip (the sound a bird makes
  • pep past tense of pipa: to make a sound as of a bird
  • rar sweet, cute
  • ror rows, the thing you’re doing when you’re moving the orings)
  • rår takes care of/deals with/rules over
  • rör pipe, tube, also: touches
  • ses present tense, passive voice of se to be seen; coll. for See you (later)!
  • tut (the sound made by a trainwhistle)
  • wow (the meaning is the same as in english)
  • SAS (Scandinavian Airline System)
  • sås sauce
  • tåt the end of a rope
  • vev crank (the mechanism))

Tamil[edit]

Telugu[edit]

Thai[edit]

The Thai script does not follow a linear sequence of symbols. Vowels that sound after a consonant can be written before, above, below or around that consonant. Tone and length diacritics occur only above initial consonants. The silent symbol occurs only above a final consonant in a syllable. All these characteristics make written palindromes relatively rare. A few are:

Turkish[edit]

Ukrainian[edit]

Urdu[edit]

  • ساس (saas) – mother-in-law, mother of husband or wife
  • داماد (daamaad) – son-in-law, person married to one’s daughter

Võro[edit]

Welsh[edit]