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A portmanteau is a blend of words, in which parts of multiple words are combined into a new word, for example smog, is a potmanteau of smoke and fog, and Brexit is from Britain and exit. Can you work out the following portmanteau words?


  1. A very close but non-sexual relationship between two men?
  2. A bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food?

  3. A modern-day outdoor activity in which GPS is used to hide and find containers?
  4. A mate whose actions are often characteristic of a foe?
  5. Who introduces Alice to the concept of portmanteau words in the 1871 book Through the Looking-Glass? (This is an actual question, we're not asking for a portmanteau word!)
  6. A non-professional publication produced by enthusiasts for the pleasure of others who share their interest?
  7. To calm down and become less tense or anxious?
  8. The African Great Lakes nation formed formally in 1964?
  9. The nickname of the rail link between the United Kingdom and France?
  10. Term coined in 1994 describing a man that is very particular about his grooming and appearance?
  11. The name of the Martin Caidin novel that features the story of astronaut and test pilot, Steve Austin?
  12. A word meaning extremley large, as used in the 2003 film Elf?
  13. An adjective that describes being irritable due to feeling ravenous?
  14. A street fund raiser raising money for for a non-proft making organisation?
  15. A free software community founded by members of Netscape in 1998?
  16. Software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer system?
  17. A politico-economic union of three western European neighbour states?
  18. A singing and television presenting duo that first appeared in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009?

  19. A portmanteau used to describe the use of media to communicate Christianity?
  20. Small protein-like molecules and hormones produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland?


  1. Bromance (from Bro (brother) and romance)
  2. Gastropub (from gastronomy and public house)
  3. Geocaching (from geography and caching)
  4. Frenemy (combining friend and enemy)
  5. Humpty Dumpty
  6. Fanzine (from fan and magazine)
  7. Chillax (a blend of chill-out and relax)
  8. Tanzania (from the merger of Tanganyika and Zanzibar)

  9. Chunnel (from Channel and tunnel)
  10. Metrosexual (from metropolitan and heterosexual)
  11. Cyborg (from cybernetic and organism)
  12. Ginormous (from gigantic and enormous)
  13. Hangry (a portmanteau of hungry and angry)
  14. Chugger (from charity and mugger)
  15. Mozilla (a portmanteau of mosaic and godzilla)
  16. Malware (a portmanteau for malicious software)
  17. Benelux (from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
  18. Jedward (identical twins John and Edward Grimes)
  19. Televangelism (from television and evangelism)
  20. Endorphin (from the words endogenous and morphine)