Words and Phrases that Rhyme with Themselves

Sometimes when you’re writing a rhyming poem, you may want to include a word or phrase that rhymes with itself, such as itsy-bitsy or super-duper. These are known “reduplicated” words or phrases. “Reduplication” is the term for words or phrases that are created by repeating sounds. Here is a list of rhyming reduplicated words and phrases that may come in handy to you sometime.

  • abracadabra
  • argle-bargle
  • argy-bargy
  • artsy-fartsy
  • backpack
  • backtrack
  • bandstand
  • bees knees
  • big rig
  • bigwig
  • blackjack
  • blame game
  • blues clues
  • boogie-woogie
  • bowwow
  • boy toy
  • brain drain
  • chick-flick
  • chip dip
  • chock-a-block
  • chop shop
  • chug-a-lug
  • chunky monkey
  • claptrap
  • clean green
  • crop top
  • cuddly-wuddly
  • ding-a-ling
  • ditch witch
  • double bubble
  • double trouble
  • downtown
  • easy-peasey
  • eency-weency
  • even-steven
  • fancy nancy
  • fancy-schmancy
  • fat cat
  • fender-bender
  • fight or flight
  • fit bit
  • flyby
  • fuddy-duddy
  • fuzzy-wuzzy
  • go pro
  • great state
  • ground round
  • handstand
  • handy-dandy
  • hanky-panky
  • harum-scarum
  • heart smart
  • heebie-jeebies
  • helter skelter
  • heyday
  • hi-fi
  • higgledy-piggledy
  • high fly
  • hippy-dippy
  • hobnob
  • hobo
  • hocus-pocus
  • hoddy-noddy
  • hodgepodge
  • hoi polloi
  • hoity-toity
  • hokey-pokey
  • holy cannoli
  • holy moly
  • hoodoo
  • hot pot
  • hotspot
  • hugger-mugger
  • hulu
  • humdrum
  • humpty dumpty
  • hurly-burly
  • itsy-bitsy
  • itty-bitty
  • jeepers creepers
  • jelly belly
  • jet set
  • kowtow
  • laffy taffy
  • lite brite
  • lovey-dovey
  • mai tai
  • maintain
  • make or break
  • mars bars
  • mayday
  • melee
  • mellow yellow
  • mojo
  • mumbo-jumbo
  • namby-pamby
  • naysay
  • night-light
  • nitty-gritty
  • nitwit
  • no-go
  • nutter butter
  • okey dokey
  • one-ton
  • out and about
  • pall mall
  • payday
  • pedal to the metal
  • pell-mell
  • phony-baloney
  • pickwick
  • picnic
  • pie in the sky
  • piggly wiggly
  • pooper scooper
  • pop-top
  • powwow
  • prime-time
  • quick pick
  • ragtag
  • rat-a-tat
  • razzle-dazzle
  • reese’s pieces
  • rinky-dink
  • roly-poly
  • rom-com
  • rough stuff
  • shake and bake
  • shock jock
  • shoe goo
  • silly-willy
  • single mingle
  • sky high
  • slim jim
  • sloppy copy
  • slow-mo
  • snack pack
  • snail mail
  • soho
  • space race
  • spruce goose
  • stop and shop
  • stun gun
  • sump pump
  • super-duper
  • teenie-weenie
  • teensy-weensy
  • tepee
  • tex-mex
  • thin skin
  • tighty-whitey
  • tinky winky
  • tramp stamp
  • true blue
  • turkey jerky
  • undone
  • voodoo
  • walkie-talkie
  • white knight
  • wi-fi
  • willy-nilly
  • wing-ding
  • wonton

Non-Rhyming Reduplicated Words and Phrases

Some reduplicated words and phrases don’t quite rhyme because they contain different vowel sounds, such as ping-pong or zigzag. Here is a list of reduplicated words and phrases that don’t rhyme.

  • bric-a-brac
  • chit-chat
  • clip-clop
  • criss-cross
  • dig dug
  • dilly-dally
  • ding-dong
  • fiddle faddle
  • flimflam
  • flip-flop
  • hee-haw
  • hip hop
  • jingle-jangle
  • kit kat
  • knickknack / nicknack
  • mishmash
  • ping-pong
  • pitter-patter
  • riffraff
  • seesaw
  • shipshape
  • singsong
  • teetertotter
  • tic-tac
  • tick-tock
  • tip-top
  • wiggle-waggle
  • wishy-washy
  • zigzag