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What is More Words?

MoreWords is a way to search word lists. It's a crossword puzzle solver, anagram finder, 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.

See all examples and more details are on the examples page.

Which words are listed?

The words are from the Enable2k North American, SOWPODS (Europe Scrabble Word List) and TWL06 Scrabble Word List words list used in well-known word games. The complete list is public domain and is available to download (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).

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.

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="https://www.morewords.com/">More Words - Words for Word Games</a>

Or you can link direct to any page that defines a word: <a href="https://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 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).

Frequently asked questions

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.

My phone is changing multiple dashes into one!

This is mainly caused by a new "feature" of iOS 11, see smart punctuation for workarounds.

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.

Definition types:

  • 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.

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 MoreWords 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 MoreWords will help 95% of the time, but sometimes words will be missing (or added).

What information is available for each word?

  • Definitions are shown (if available, see above, or a list of links to dictionaries)
  • Direct one-word anagrams
  • Hooks (all words that can be found by adding one letter to the word - these are in bold)
  • All words that can be found by adding one letter to the set of letters that form the word, in any order
  • For words under eight letters, all shorter words that can be made from the letters
  • Links to pages listing words starting with the word, containing the exact word anywhere, and ending with the word, optionally sorted by length of word (example: words ending with gry)
  • Words that can be formed from the current word by changing any one letter
  • Link to browse words which are one character longer
  • Link to previous word (alphabetically)
  • Link to next word (alphabetically)
  • If you can think of any other useful infomation or links for each word, please let me know.

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 MoreWords, 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:

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

The back arrow has disappeared!

In September 2017 MoreWords turned on encryption for all pages (to avoid scary browser warnings like "site is not secure", even though you're literally just entering random words and letters). If you enter the non-secure address (http://www.morewords.com) it'll forward you to the secure pages (https://www.morewords.com).

This did break (at least) one thing. If you saved a MoreWords home screen icon some time ago, it'll go to the old non-secure address. When you return to More Words using it, it will forward to the new secure address, but will lose the history in the process. So your back arrow will be greyed out, and you can't return to the screen that had the letters you entered. Very annoying!

The solution? Delete your MoreWords home screen icon, then go to the More Words Home Page (https://www.morewords.com), and save the icon to your home screen again.

This will save the new (secure) version of the address, and as there's no forwarding it'll work just like it used to.

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