newlywed OR newly-wed

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Senior Member
English (US) - Spanish (CR)
Is there a BrE/AmE difference in spelling convention here? As an American, I'm used to seeing "newlywed" (without the hyphen), but I think "newly-wed" (with the hyphen) is more common in BrE.

Can anyone confirm?
  • london calling

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The more I think about it, the more I think that newly-wed/newlywed as a noun are both fine (hip hurrah for the newly-weds/newlyweds) but I do baulk at this verb form:

    They are newly-wed (which I have seen)

    I would write 'newly wed'.
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