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.

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

Examples of a simple search

Containing a sequence


words containing the sequence "sswo" anywhere

Missing Letter

w-rd or w?rd

use - or ? on the location of missing letter



write all the letters to compose a new word

Unknown Letters


use * for any numbers of unkown letters

Exclude words


exclude words containing the letters after ^

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).


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.

My phone is changing multiple dashes into one!

This is mainly caused by a new "feature" of iOS 11, see smart punctuation help for ways round it.

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.


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 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:

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.

The back arrow has disappeared!

In September 2017 More Words 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 More Words 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 More Words 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.

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.

Privacy and Cookies Policy

Morewords.com allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit this web site. They may use non-personally identifiable information (such as click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.

These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. If you're in the European Union (and some nearby places) you'll receive a message about accepting cookies the first time you visit this site. To learn more about behavioral advertising or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org.

Data morewords.com collect

Morewords.com collect anonymous data thru Matomo to measure, collect, analyse and report visitors data for purposes of understanding and optimizing morewords.com website. If you provide your email address to morewords.com (for example if you fill out the comment form) morewords.com only use that email address to reply to you, and your adress will not be pass it on to any third parties.

1 - About Matomo

Matomo is an open source web analytics platform. A web analytics platform is used by a website owner in order to measure, collect, analyse and report visitors data for purposes of understanding and optimizing morewords.com website. If you would like to see what Matomo looks like, you can access a demo version at: https://demo.matomo.org.

2 - Purpose of the processing

Matomo is used to analyse the behaviour of the website visitors to identify potential pitfalls; not found pages, search engine indexing issues, which contents are the most appreciated… Once the data is processed (number of visitors reaching a not found pages, viewing only one page…), Matomo is generating reports for website owners to take action, for example changing the layout of the pages, publishing some fresh content… etc.

Matomo is processing the following personal data:

IP address (we only store a part of it as a 2 byte(s) - e.g. 192.168.xxx.xxx)

User ID (Random User ID)

Location of the user (thru Anonymized IP addresses)

And also:

Date and time

Title of the page being viewed

URL of the page being viewed

URL of the page that was viewed prior to the current page

Screen resolution

Time in local timezone

Files that were clicked and downloaded

Link clicks to an outside domain

Pages generation time

Country, region, city

Main Language of the browser

User Agent of the browser

Form interactions

A/B Tests

The processing of personal data with Matomo is based on explicit consent. Your privacy is our highest concern. That’s why we will not process any personal data with Matomo unless you give us clear explicit consent.

3 –The legitimate interests

Processing your personal data such as cookies is helping us identify what is working and what is not in morewords.com. For example, it helps us identify if the way we are communicating is engaging or not and how we can organize the structure of the website better. Our team is benefiting from the processing of your personal data, and they are directly acting on the website. By processing your personal data, you can profit from a website which is getting better and better.

Without the data, we would not be able to provide you the service we are currently offering to you. Your data will be used only to improve the user experience on our website and help you find the information you are looking for.

4 – Recipient of the personal data

The personal data received through Matomo are sent to:

Our company.

Our web hosting provider: Linode and contact details of the web hosting provider here https://www.linode.com/contact.

5 – Details of transfers to third country and safeguards

Matomo data is hosted in United States. Morewords data is hosted in the United States within company Linode, registered to the Privacy Shield program. You can see the full decription https://www.linode.com/privacy

6 – Retention period or criteria used to determine the retention period

We are keeping the personal data captured within Matomo for a period of 180 days.

7 – The existence of each of the data subject’s rights

If you are processing personal data with Matomo based on legitimate interest:

As Matomo is processing personal data on legitimate interests, you can exercise the following rights:

Right of access: you can ask us at any time to access your personal data.

Right to erasure: you can ask us at any time to delete all the personal data we are processing about you.

Right to object: you can object to the tracking of your personal data by using the following opt-out feature:

8 – The right to withdraw consent at any time

If you are processing personal data under the consent lawful basis, you need to include the following section:

You can withdraw at any time your consent by clicking here.

9 – The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

If you think that the way we process your personal data with Matomo analytics is infringing the law, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

10 – Whether the provision of personal data is part of a statutory or contractual requirement; or obligation and possible consequences of failing to provide the personal data

If you wish us to not process any personal data with Matomo, you can opt-out from it at any time. There will be no consequences at all regarding the use of our website.

11 – The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and information about how decisions are made, the significance and the consequences

Matomo is not doing any profiling.

If you have any questions about this policy, please write to me using the contact link.

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.