More Words

What is More Words?

More Words is a way to search word lists. It's a crossword puzzle solver, anagram lister, codeword decoder, and a helper for other word games.

You can use it to find words (optionally of a specific length) that start with, end with, or contain certain letters.

More details are in the examples.

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Which words are listed?

The words are from the Enable2k North American word list used in well-known word games. This contains 173,528 words which are mostly US spellings, with some words from other forms of English (such as British). The complete list is public domain and is available to download (1.7MB, one word per line, no definitions).

Because this is a wordlist created especially for word games, it does not contain any hyphenated words, abbreviations, acronyms, or proper nouns (capitalised words). It also does not contain single-letter words such as "I". Words that have accents are listed without the accents (for example soupçon is shown as soupcon).

If there is enough demand, I may add the Enable2k supplements, and other word lists (especially for British, Australian and Canadian English), and allow you to choose between them.

In common with most dictionaries (other than school dictionaries) the words in the list are uncensored. So, just like in real life, a few words or their definitions may offend some people.

There's a word missing!

I'm aware that some words are in the latest Scrabble® dictionaries, but not in this list (example: QI). More Words cannot use the latest dictionaries because they are copyright. So, yes, there will be differences between the Enable2k list used here and any other word list, and I don't plan to add in the "missing" words (because it'd then be a different, mixed, list). If you know of a better copyright-free word list, I'd certainly consider making it an option, but until that happens More Words will remain based on an unaltered Enable2k list so that it is usable for the games that use that.

To put it another way, if you're checking words here, you need to agree to play your game using the Enable2k list. If you play according to another list, such as a Scrabble® dictionary, then More Words will help 95% of the time, but sometimes words will be missing (or added).

How do I search for a word when I know only a few letters?

There is a page of examples showing you the various flexible ways you can search More Words.

Why do only some words have a definition?

I've loaded meanings for about two thirds of the words so far. the source of each definition is shown by the superscript number following it.

The definitions are only intended to help identify the usage of a word for word games. they are incomplete, have errors, and are not intended to replace a proper dictionary.

A definition source of 1 means it is a link to a definition I have generated automatically (usually for words that appear to be plurals). It will also apply to definitions I have researched and added manually.

The definitions indicated by 2 come from the OPTED public domain English dictionary, based on the public domain part of 'the Project Gutenberg Etext of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary', based on the 1913 US Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. As this dictionary dates from 1913, many of the definitions are archaic or obsolete.

A source of 3 is a definition from WordNet 2.0, a more modern US English dictionary. they require the following copyright notice and disclaimer: WordNet 2.0 Copyright © 2003 by Princeton University. All rights reserved. THIS SOFTWARE AND DATABASE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND PRINCETON UNIVERSITY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. BY WAY OF EXAMPLE, BUT NOT LIMITATION, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THAT the USE OF the LICENSED SOFTWARE, DATABASE OR DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT INFRINGE ANY THIRD PARTY PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS OR OtheR RIGHTS.

I'm looking for copyright-free definitions for the remaining words, and will load them when available. In the meantime, if a word is not defined, direct links to alternative online dictionaries are given further down the page for each word.

How do I remove the ads?

More Words contains advertising. Sorry about that, but it costs money to run this extremely popular site (more than 2 million visitors each month).

However I do know how annoying garish banner ads can be, especially when you're on a slow connection (or mobile), or concentrating on a game, or at work!

So I've added an option to turn the ads off. Just click on remove all display ads. You'll see a similar link just under the box ad on the right hand side of each page where it appears (the pages where a word is defined).

This only works if you accept cookies from morewords.com. If you delete your cookies, or use a different browser or computer, you'll need to click it again.

The text ads in the left column (if any, I'm phasing them out) will remain, this just removes the banner (picture) ads which are the ones that slow down the page and eat up your bandwidth allowance on mobile.

The banner ads also turn off automatically when you've read a certain number of pages, as by then it's obvious you're hooked and don't want to be distracted! Again this only works if you have cookies enabled, and resets when you delete cookies or use a different brower or computer.

How are the most common words chosen?

Some of the results pages on More Words show the words by "how common they are" (which could also be described as the "easy" words first). This, of course, is highly subjective, as different users of English use different words in different ways a different number of times.

In More Words, I use studies done on the British National Corpus that give me the number of times each word occurs per million words. the British National Corpus is a large collection of texts. It seems weighted towards older texts, medicine and science, and British English, but is the best I've found for the purpose.

You'll see some results that don't agree with how common you think the words are - the same would apply for any other collection of texts, and any other person, it's never going to be perfect. However, most of the time most of the words are in the order you would expect. This feature is currently being tested on limited results and will be available on more pages, including the main search, soon. I would appreciate comments from you on the results and their arrangement - are they clear and usable?

Examples: Words ending with ment, the most common words first, Words ending with ugh, the most common words first

Source: Word Frequencies in Written and Spoken English: based on the British National Corpus. - Geoffrey Leech, Paul Rayson, Andrew Wilson

What information is available for each word?

For each word:

If you can think of any other useful infomation or links for each word, please let me know.

Can I link to More Words?

Yes please! Links to More Words from your website or blog are very welcome, you don't need to ask or tell me.

You can link to the home page like this:
<a href="http://www.morewords.com/">More Words - Words for Word Games</a>

Or you can link direct to any page that defines a word:
<a href="http://www.morewords.com/word/crossword/">Crossword</a>
(just change "crossword" to the word you want to link to, in both places).

Thanks for the link!

Tips and Tricks

More Words is designed to be fast and easy to use, and there are a few shortcuts that can make it even faster.

If you are using Firefox, you can put More Words on the search bar (top right hand corner), see: Morewords Firefox Plugin.

If you want to quickly check a word or string of letters, just enter www.morewords.com?abcdef in your browser's address bar (where abcdef is what you are looking for). No need to navigate to the page and enter the letters in the box.

For speed, try using the keyboard to navigate, rather than the mouse. On the first (search) page, pressing tab twice will get you to the input box to start typing. On the results pages, pressing tab once will get you to the "more words" headline, pressing enter there will take you to a new search page (easier than mousing down to the "new search" line at the bottom of the page).

One of the definitions is wrong!

The definitions are only intended to help identify the usage of a word for word games. they are incomplete, have errors, and are not intended to replace a proper dictionary.

Privacy Policy

More Words does not store any information that would identify users. More Words will never send you unsolicited email. If you write to me, I might reply to you using the address you gave, but that's the only use that will be made of the email address.

Who created More Words?

More Words has been created by Robert Hoare.

I'd really like to hear what you think of this website, and what features you think should be added (or removed).

You can contact me with the Contact Form. Before contacting me, please take the time to read the rest of this page, it answers the majority of questions. If the answer to your question is already here, I will not reply, so please do read first! Thank you.

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