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Word appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Drowsy baby's word.
  • No word, no bond; row on.
  • Drown, eh, two cotton tubs, but not to cow the N-word.
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Usage statistics for the noun word:

spoken English48.78%written English51.22% conversational speech38.43%task-oriented speech61.57% imaginative writing60.2%informational writing39.8%
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Fun fact! William Shakespeare used the word armgaunt in "Antony & Cleopatra". No one knows for sure what he wanted it to mean.

Fun fact! "Therein" is a seven-letter word that contains thirteen words spelled using consecutive letters: the, he, her, er, here, I, there, ere, rein, re, in, therein, and herein.

Fun fact! The superlatively long word "honorificabilitudinitatibus" (27 letters) alternates consonants and vowels.

Fun fact! There are more English words beginning with the letter "s" than with any other letter.

Fun fact! Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary: in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words.

Fun fact! Samuel Johnson left the letter X out of his dictionary, claiming that X "begins no word in the English language."

Word is sometimes a misspelling of words or world.

The word word is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun word

What does word mean as a name of something?

Word is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • word: words
  • Word: Words

  1. a unit of language that native speakers can identify
    • examples: words are the blocks from which sentences are made | he hardly said ten words all morning
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: language unit / linguistic unit = one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
    • more specific terms:
      • anagram = a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase
      • anaphor = a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition
      • opposite word / opposite / antonym = a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
      • paronym = a word that strongly resembles another word in spelling
      • back-formation = a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it
      • charade = a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades
      • cognate word / cognate = a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
      • open-class word / content word = a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
      • contraction = a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds
      • deictic word / deictic = a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of a speaker or hearer in the context in which the communication occurs
      • derivative = a word that is derived from another word
      • diminutive = a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
      • dirty word = a word that is considered to be unmentionable
      • dissyllable / disyllable = a word having two syllables
      • descriptor / signifier / word form / form = the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
      • four-letter Anglo-Saxon word / four-letter word = any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive
      • closed-class word / function word = a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
      • guide word / catchword / guideword = a word printed at the top of the page of a dictionary or other reference book to indicate the first or last item on that page
      • head word / head = the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
      • headword = a word placed at the beginning of a line or paragraph
      • heteronym = two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation
      • whole name / holonym = a word that names the whole of which a given word is a part
      • homonym = two words are homonyms if they are pronounced and spelled the same way but have different meanings
      • superordinate word / superordinate / hypernym = a word that is more generic than a given word
      • subordinate word / subordinate / hyponym = a word that is more specific than a given word
      • key word = a significant word used in indexing or cataloging
      • loan-blend / loanblend / hybrid = a word that is composed of parts from different languages
      • loanword / loan = a word borrowed from another language
      • part name / meronym = a word that names a part of a larger whole
      • metonym = a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing
      • monosyllabic word / monosyllable = a word or utterance of one syllable
      • neologism / coinage / neology = a newly invented word or phrase
      • hapax legomenon / nonce word = a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
      • oxytone = word having stress or an acute accent on the last syllable
      • palindrome = a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
      • primitive = a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms
      • paroxytone = word having stress or acute accent on the next to last syllable
      • partitive = word (such a `some' or `less') that is used to indicate a part as distinct from a whole
      • polysemantic word / polysemous word / polysemant = a word having more than one meaning
      • polysyllabic word / polysyllable = a word of more than three syllables
      • proparoxytone = word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult
      • quantifier = a word that expresses a quantity
      • logical quantifier / quantifier = a word (such as `some' or `all' or `no') that binds the variables in a logical proposition
      • reduplication = a word formed by or containing a repeated syllable or speech sound
      • retronym = a word introduced because an existing term has become inadequate
      • substantive = any word or group of words functioning as a noun
      • equivalent word / synonym = two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
      • term = a word or expression used for some particular thing
      • nomenclature / terminology / language = a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
      • trisyllable = a word having three syllables
      • manner name / troponym = a word that denotes a manner of doing something
      • spoken word / vocable = a word that is spoken aloud
      • classifier = a word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts (such as counting) to indicate the semantic class to which the counted item belongs
      • written word = the written form of a word
      • syncategoreme / syncategorem = a syncategorematic expression
    • parts:
      • syllable = a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
      • affix = a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
  2. a brief statement
    • example: he didn't say a word about it
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
  3. information about recent and important events
  4. a verbal command for action
    • example: when I give the word, charge!
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: order = a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
  5. an exchange of views on some topic
  6. a promise
    • example: he gave his word
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of word: parole / word of honor
    • more generic word: promise = a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
  7. a string of bits stored in computer memory
    • example: large computers use words up to 64 bits long
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: computer memory unit = a unit for measuring computer memory
    • part of: K / kB / KiB / kibibyte / kilobyte = a unit of information equal to 1024 bytes
    • part: byte = a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information
  8. the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
  9. a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
  10. the sacred writings of the Christian religions

Alternative definition of the noun word


  1. The fact or action of speaking, as opposed to writing or to action. [definition from 9th c.]
  2. [context: now rare, except in phrases] Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech. [definition from 10th c.]
  3. A distinct unit of language (sounds in speech or written letters) with a particular meaning, composed of one or more morphemes, and also of one or more phonemes that determine its sound pattern. [definition from 10th c.]
  4. A distinct unit of language which is approved by some authority.
  5. News; tidings. [definition from 10th c.]
  6. An order; a request or instruction. [definition from 10th c.]
  7. A promise; an oath or guarantee. [definition from 10th c.]
  8. [theology, sometimes 'Word'] Christ. [definition from 8th c.]
  9. [theology, sometimes 'Word'] Communication from god; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible. [definition from 10th c.]
  10. A brief discussion or conversation. [definition from 15th c.]
  11. [in the plural] Angry debate or conversation; argument. [definition from 15th c.]
  12. Any sequence of letters or characters considered as a discrete entity. [definition from 19th c.]
  13. [telegraphy] A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space. [definition from 19th c.]
  14. [computing] A fixed-size group of bits handled as a unit by a machine. On many 16-bit machines a word is 16 bits or two bytes. [definition from 20th c.]
  15. [computer science] A finite string which is not a command or operator.
  16. [group theory] A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.


  1. Scripture; The Bible
  2. The creative word of God; logos

Definition of the verb word

What does word mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: worded | wording | words

  1. put into words or an expression

Other definitions of word

What does word also mean?


  1. [slang, AAVE] [rfc-def] truth, to tell or speak the truth; the shortened form of the statement, "My word is my bond," an expression eventually shortened to "Word is bond," before it finally got cut to just "Word," which is its most commonly used form.
  2. [slang, emphatic, stereotypically, AAVE] An abbreviated form of [term, word up]; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.


  1. "Word" is a short film, directed by Tevor McCully.
  2. "Word" is a 2002 Documentary Film directed by Tony Greer.


  1. "Word" is a musical album of PJ5.
    • released on
  2. "Word" is a musical album of Dewveall.
    • released on
  3. "Word" is a composition.
  4. "Word" a.k.a. "Word." is a musical album of Spur of the Moment.


Who is Word?

Word a.k.a. Edward Coakley appeared in the 2000 film Remember the Titans.


  1. Word: In group theory, a word is any written product of group elements and their inverses. For example, if x, y and z are elements of a group G, then xy, z⁻¹xzz and y⁻¹zxx⁻¹yz⁻¹ are words in the set {x, y, z}. Two different words may evaluate to the same value in G, or even in every group. Words play an important role in the theory of free groups and presentations, and are central objects of study in combinatorial group theory.
  2. WORD is a triannual academic journal of linguistics published by the International Linguistic Association.
  3. Word is a software.
  4. Word is a game genre.

Phrases with Word

  1. Word Up
  2. A-Word
  3. B-Word
  4. C-Word
  5. D-Word
  6. F-Word
  7. H-Word
  8. L-Word
  9. M-Word
  10. N-Word
  11. P-Word
  12. S-Word
  13. My Word
  14. Wh-Word
  15. get word
  16. key word
  17. Non-Word
  18. cuss word
  19. Dyck Word
  20. good word

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Word

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Google previewA Classical Introduction to Cryptography (2006)

Applications for Communications Security by Serge Vaudenay

A word is a finite sequence of characters taken from an alphabet. An alphabet is a finite set E.

Google previewThe Wrong Word Dictionary (2012)

2,500 Most Commonly Confused Words by Dave Dowling

Often, Oftentimes Often is the preferred and simpler word to use. Often (not oftentimes) we exercise immediately after work. OK, Okay Avoid these expressions informal writing.

Google previewLittle Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2014)

by Julia Cresswell

Today reptile conjures up a picture of snakes and lizards, but in the 14th century the word included other creatures. It comes from Latin repere 'to crawl' and was originally used for any crawling animal. The first use of reptile as an insulting term ...

Google previewThe Aldrich Dictionary of Phobias and Other Word Families (2002)

by Chris Aldrich

word. roots. and. entries. sharing. common. word. roots. -AGOGUE Derived through French and Late Latin from Greek -agog(os), meaning 'to lead' or 'draw forth'. The root is used in two related senses, namely to denote (a) a leader of a ...

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Usage statistics about word

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun word:

spoken English48.78%written English51.22% conversational speech38.43%task-oriented speech61.57% imaginative writing60.2%informational writing39.8%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun word:


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Quotes about Word

I have no word
I want to be regular
With the word
I like to give
A new touch to word
I have no word
And my poem
Is without word. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of W4O1R1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of WORD

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