Originally Posted by amyt682
is nevertheless considered a compound word since it has 3 words in it?
Yes. I would consider it a compound word as all 3 words 'inside' the word are adding meaning.
According to http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/compounds.htm
There are three forms of compound words:
the closed form, in which the words are melded together, such as firefly, secondhand, softball, childlike, crosstown, redhead, keyboard, makeup, notebook;
the hyphenated form, such as daughter-in-law, master-at-arms, over-the-counter, six-pack, six-year-old, mass-produced;
and the open form, such as post office, real estate, middle class, full moon, half sister, attorney general.
I knew the first 2 forms, the third one kind of surprises me.