Word Lists for competitive Scrabble

The Scrabble FAQ doesn't itself offer any substantial word lists[1], but numerous other sites provide a good variety of useful ones.


Mike Baron
The Cheat Sheet: 2lw and hooks, 3lw, short J, Q, X words, vowel dumps, top 6-letter stems[2] (all on one sheet)
Kevin Turner
various lists, including quiz files for John Chew's qz perl script study program
Ottawa Scrabble Club Study Room
Lists in usefulness order (computer simulation frequencies), bingo stems[2], short words, vowel/consonant dumps; also Web-based quizzes
Paul Phillips
All 7lw & 8lw in probability order; plus interesting transitional OWL98->TWL06 word lists
John O'Laughlin
Creative, often new, lists
Mike Wolfberg
new hooks, new word definitions by word length, high probability 7lw & 8lw
OSPD/OTCWL/OWL[3], not known to be updated for TWL06:
Rick Wong
Several lists, including definitions of 2- and 3-letter words.
John Chew
plausible phonies, phonies with anagrams, and 6-to-make-8 "unistems" as well as anamonics [see explanations in FAQ] and TWL change explanations
Dallas, TX, club
2- and 3-letter words, stems[2], subject-matter groups, endings and TWL changes
Bob Weiss
2- and 3-letter words, all hooks, vowel-heavy and -light, stems[2], pre- and suf-fixes [from Internet Archive]
Brian Wagner
vowels-heavy, JKQXZ, pre- and suf-fixes
Jim Homan
OSPD2->3 additions [only SPAZES and HERPESES were deleted]
Thomas Ford
2->3 and 3->4 hooks, vowel dumps, jqxz words, major stems[2]
Jonn Dalton
2->3->4->5->6 hooks, all 6->7 and 7->8 stems[2], more
Jim Geary
OTaCWL 2s and 3s
Lawren Freebody
topical lists, including OSW-only twos and threes
Michael Waddell
lists, including quizzes
Japanese words
in TWL98
Amit Chakrabarti
Words with multiple spellings and acronyms/portmanteaux


2-, 3- and 4-letter words; definitions of 3s JQXZ words; high-vowel words; stems[2]; surprising words

[1] Other than a small set of changes between OSPD3 and the current OTCWL.

[2] A stem is a set of letters considered with respect to letters which can be added to make an anagrammable set.

[3] For a sorting out of all the dictionary terminology, see John Chew's explanation.

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