Anagram Indicators

The typical anagram clue in a cryptic crossword consists of three parts: a definition, an anagram indicator, and the anagram fodder (the letters to be shuffled).

For example:
Do legal owners free birds? (4-5,4)

Anagram fodder: Do legal owners
Anagram indicator: free
Definition: birds

The ability to recognise anagram indicators - FREE, FRESH, NOVEL, RESORT, NUTS, IN A WHIRL, AT SEA, etc. - is one of the essential skills of a cryptic crossworder.

The list of anagram indicators presented here is by no means intended to be exhaustive, but it should provide information about almost all the anagram indicators that you are likely to encounter in a cryptic crossword.

Click on any indicator in the list to view its entry in the Cryptic Crossword Dictionary.

ABNORMAL
ABOUT
ABSURD
ADAPT
ADAPTED
ADDLED
ADJUST
ADJUSTED
ADJUSTMENT
ADRIFT
AFRESH
AFTER A FASHION
AGITATED
ALL OVER
ALTER
ALTERATION
ALTERED
ALTERING
AMISS
ANEW
ANOTHER WAY
ANYHOW
AROUND
ARRANGE
ARRANGED
ARRANGEMENT
ARRANGING
ASKEW
ASSEMBLE
ASSEMBLED
ASSEMBLING
ASSEMBLY
ASSORTED
ASSORTMENT
ASTRAY
AT ODDS
AT SEA
AT SIXES AND SEVENS
AWFUL
AWFULLY
AWKWARD
AWKWARDLY
AWRY

BAD
BADLY
BANANAS
BASTARD
BATS
BATTERED
BATTY
BEATEN
BEATEN UP
BECOME
BECOMES
BECOMING
BEND
BENT
BIZARRE
BLEND
BLENDED
BOIL
BOILED
BOILING
BREAK
BREAKING
BREW
BREWED
BREWING
BROADCAST
BROKEN
BUILD
BUILDING
BUILT
BY ARRANGEMENT
BY MISTAKE

CAN BE
CARELESS
CARELESSLY
CAST
CAVORT
CAVORTING
CHANGE
CHANGED
CHANGES
CHANGING
CHAOS
CHAOTIC
CHARACTERS
CHOP
CHOPPED
CIRCULATING
COCKTAIL
COMPLICATE
COMPLICATED
COMPONENTS
COMPOSE
COMPOSED
COMPOSING
COMPOUND
COMPRISE
CONCEALED
CONCEALING
CONCEALS
CONFUSE
CONFUSED
CONFUSING
CONSTITUENTS
CONSTRUCT
CONVERSION
CONVERT
CONVERTED
CONVERTIBLE
COOK
COOKED
CORRECT
CORRECTED
CORRUPT
CORRUPTED
COULD BE
CRACK
CRACKED
CRACKERS
CRACKING
CRAZED
CRAZY
CRIMINAL
CUCKOO
CUNNINGLY
CURIOUS
CURIOUSLY

DAMAGE
DAMAGED
DANCE
DANCING
DEALT
DEFORM
DEFORMED
DEMOLISHED
DEPLOY
DEPLOYED
DERIVED FROM
DESIGN
DESIGNED
DEVELOP
DEVELOPED
DEVIATION
DEVIOUS
DICKY
DIFFERENT
DIFFERENTLY
DISARRAY
DISFIGURE
DISFIGURED
DISGUISE
DISGUISED
DISHEVELLED
DISLOCATED
DISMANTLED
DISORDER
DISORDERED
DISORDERLY
DISPERSED
DISPOSED
DISRUPTION
DISSEMINATED
DISTRESSED
DISTURBED
DISTURBING
DIVERSIFIED
DIZZY
DOCTOR
DOCTORED
DODGY
DOTTY
DREADFUL
DREADFULLY
DRESSED
DRUNK
DUD
DUFF

ECCENTRIC
EDIT
EDITED
ENGENDERING
ENGINEERED
ENSEMBLE
ENTANGLED
ERRATIC
ERUPTING
ESSENTIALS
EXCITED
EXOTIC
EXPLODE
EXPLODED
EXPLODING
EXTRAORDINARY

FABRICATED
FALSE
FANCIFUL
FANCY
FANTASTIC
FASHION
FASHIONED
FASHIONING
FAULTY
FERMENTED
FIDDLE
FIDDLED
FIND
FLUID
FLURRIED
FOOLISH
FOOLISHLY
FOR A CHANGE
FORCED
FORGE
FORGED
FORM
FRACTURED
FRAGMENTED
FRAGMENTS
FREE
FREELY
FRESH
FRESHLY
FROLICKING
FUDGE
FUNNY

GARBLED
GENERATING
GETS
GROTESQUE
GROUND

HAPHAZARD
HASH
HAVOC
HAYWIRE
HIDE
HIDING
HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY

ILL
ILL-DISPOSED
ILL-FORMED
ILL-TREATED
IMPROPER
IMPROPERLY
IN A FERMENT
IN A JUMBLE
IN A MESS
IN A WHIRL
INCORRECT
INCORRECTLY
IN DISARRAY
IN DISGUISE
IN ERROR
INGREDIENTS
IN RUINS
INTERFERED WITH
INVOLVE
INVOLVED
IRREGULAR

JITTERY
JUGGLED
JUMBLED
JUMPING

KIND OF
KINKY
KNOTTED

LAWLESS
LETTERS
LIQUID
LOOSE
LOOSELY
LUNATIC

MAD
MADE
MADE UP
MADLY
MAKE-UP
MALFORMED
MALFUNCTION
MALTREATED
MANAGED
MANGLED
MANOEUVRE
MASH
MASSAGED
MAYBE
MAY BE
MEANDERING
MEDLEY
MESS
MESSY
MINCED
MISHANDLE
MISPLACED
MISSHAPEN
MISTAKE
MISTAKEN
MISUSE
MIX
MIXED
MIXTURE
MOBILE
MODELLED
MODIFIED
MOVING
MUDDLE
MUDDLED
MUTILATED
MUTINOUS

NAUGHTY
NEW
NEWLY
NOT IN ORDER
NOT PROPERLY
NOT RIGHT
NOT STRAIGHT
NOVEL
NUTS
NUTTY

ODD
OFF
ORDER
ORDERED
ORDERLY
ORGANISE
ORGANISED
ORIGINAL
ORIGINALLY
OTHERWISE
OUT
OUT OF JOINT
OUT OF SORTS

PANTS
PECULIAR
PERHAPS
PERVERSE
PERVERSELY
PERVERT
PERVERTED>
PHONEY
PIE
PITCHING
PLASTIC
PLAYING
POOR
POORLY
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLY
POTENTIAL
POTENTIALLY
PREPARE
PREPARED
PROBLEM
PROCESSING
PRODUCE
PRODUCTION
PSEUDO
PUT OUT
PUT RIGHT
PUT STRAIGHT

QUEER
QUEERLY
QUESTIONABLE
QUIRKY

RAGGED
RAMBLING
RANDOM
RANDOMLY
RECOLLECTED
RECTIFIED
REELING
REELS
REFORM
REFORMED
REGULATED
REPAIR
REPAIRED
REPLACED
RESORT
REVIEW
REVIEWED
REVOLTING
REVOLUTIONARY
RIGGED
RIOT
RIOTING
RIOTOUS
ROCK
ROCKING
ROCKY
ROTTEN
ROUGH
ROUGHLY
ROUND
RUIN
RUINED
RUINOUS
RUM
RUN
RUNNING
RUNS
RUPTURED

SAD
SADLY
SCATTER
SCATTERED
SET OFF
SET OUT
SHAKE
SHAKEN
SHAKING
SHAKY
SHAMBLES
SHIFT
SHIFTED
SHIFTING
SHOT
SILLY
SLOPPY
SMASH
SMASHED
SMASHING
SNARLED
SOMEHOW
SPILL
SPILLED
SPIN
SPINNING
SPOIL
SPOILT
SPREAD
SPUN
STAGGERED
STAGGERING
STEW
STRANGE
STRANGELY
STRAY
SUBSTITUTE
SUBSTITUTED
SURPRISING
SURPRISINGLY
SUSPECT
SWIMMING
SWIRL
SWIRLING
SWITCH
SWITCHED

TANGLED
TATTERED
TIDIED
TIPSY
TORTUOUS
TRAIN
TRAINED
TRAINING
TRANSFORM
TRANSFORMED
TRANSLATE
TRANSLATED
TREAT
TREATED
TRICKY
TRIM
TROUBLE
TROUBLED
TUMBLING
TURN
TURNED
TURNING
TURNS
TWIST
TWISTED

UNDONE
UNNATURAL
UNRESTRAINED
UNRULY
UNSETTLED
UNSTEADY
UNTIDY
UNUSUAL
UNUSUALLY
UPHEAVAL
UPSET
USED

VAGUE
VAGUELY
VARIATION
VARIED
VARIETY
VERSION
VOLATILE

WANDER
WANDERING
WARPED
WAYWARD
WEAVE
WEAVING
WEIRD
WILD
WILDER
WILDLY
WORKED
WORKING
WORRIED
WOVEN
WRECKED
WRITHING
WRONG
WRONGLY


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