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The Short Definition of Compound Words
Compound words have a meaning defined by its constituents e.g. words ( white-collar jobs) two words with unique meaning by itself but when connected together they form a completelly different sense or meaning.
Compounds are divided into various categories e.g. compound nouns, adjectives etc.
Cold-Hearted ´´He is a cold-hearted man, He does not show any emotions´´
Open-Minded ´´He is an open-minded man, He never disputes anyone´s opinion!´´
Afterlife ´´Do you believe in afterlife?´´ (life after the death)
Allover ´´The trash was allover the place´´
Footprints ´´Footprints were allover the place´´
Background ´´The background was green´´
Backyard ´´The small building was located in the backyard´´
Playground ´´Children were playing in the background when the strange man approached them´´
aftermath ´´ The aftermath of the rising escalation in the country was the destabilization of the political system´´
upspring ´´Parents always take care of their upspring´´
uprising ´´The uprising had led to the complete change of the country and its conduct´´
upstairs ´´He went upstairs when She entered the house´´
The List of Compound words is abundant. They enrich the writing, therefore you should implement them into your writing!