Definitions for wordwɜrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning, is typically seen as the smallest such unit capable of independent use, is separated from other such units by spaces in writing, and is often distinguished phonologically, as by accent or pause.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. words, verbal expression, esp. speech or talk: the text or lyrics of a song as distinguished from the music. contentious or angry speech; a quarrel.

    to express one's emotions in words.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. a short talk or conversation:

    May I have a word with you?

  4. an expression or utterance:

    a word of warning.

  5. warrant, assurance, or promise:

    I give you my word I'll be there.

  6. news; tidings; information:

    We received word of an uprising.

  7. a verbal signal, as a password, watchword, or countersign.

  8. an authoritative utterance or command:

    His word was law.

  9. a string of bits or bytes of fixed length treated as a unit for storage and processing by a computer.

    Category: Computers

  10. (cap.) Also called the Word, the Word′ of God′. the Scriptures; the Bible. the Logos. the message of the gospel of Christ.

    Category: Religion

  11. a proverb or motto.

  12. (used to form a usu. humorous euphemism by combining with the initial letter of a taboo or supposedly taboo word):

    a ban on television's use of the F-word. Taxes - politicians' dreaded T-word.

  13. (v.t.)to select words to express; phrase:

    to word a contract carefully.

  14. (interj.)Sometimes, word up.Slang.(used to express satisfaction, approval, or agreement):

    You got a job? Word!

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for word:

  1. be as good as one's word, to do what one has promised.

    Category: Idiom

  2. eat one's words, to retract one's statement, esp. with humility.

    Category: Idiom

  3. in a word, in summary; in short.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in so many words, in unequivocal terms; explicitly:

    She told them in so many words to get out.

    Category: Idiom

  5. man of his word or woman of her word, a trustworthy, reliable person.

    Category: Idiom

  6. my word! or upon my word! (used as an exclamation of surprise or astonishment.)

    Category: Idiom

  7. of few words, not talkative; laconic; taciturn.

    Category: Idiom

  8. of many words, talkative; loquacious; wordy.

    Category: Idiom

  9. put in a (good) word for, to speak favorably on behalf of; commend.

    Category: Idiom

  10. take one at one's word, to take a statement to be literal and true.

    Category: Idiom

  11. take the words out of someone's mouth, to say exactly what another person was about to say.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of word:

bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OFris, OS word, OHG wort, ON orth, Go waurd; akin to L verbum word, Lith vardas name

Princeton's WordNet

  1. word(noun)

    a unit of language that native speakers can identify

    "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"

  2. word(noun)

    a brief statement

    "he didn't say a word about it"

  3. news, intelligence, tidings, word(noun)

    information about recent and important events

    "they awaited news of the outcome"

  4. word(noun)

    a verbal command for action

    "when I give the word, charge!"

  5. discussion, give-and-take, word(noun)

    an exchange of views on some topic

    "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it"

  6. parole, word, word of honor(noun)

    a promise

    "he gave his word"

  7. word(noun)

    a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory

    "large computers use words up to 64 bits long"

  8. Son, Word, Logos(noun)

    the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)

  9. password, watchword, word, parole, countersign(noun)

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    "he forgot the password"

  10. Bible, Christian Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Word(verb)

    the sacred writings of the Christian religions

    "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"

  11. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. word(noun)ɜrd

    a combination of letters with a meaning

    a dictionary containing over 12,000 words; Can you spell the word correctly?

  2. wordɜrd

    news or rumor

    What's the word on Jenny and Daniel - did they break up?; We'll send word when it's OK for you to come.

  3. wordɜrd

    advice, a warning, etc.

    Just one word of warning - don't trust any of them.


  1. word(Noun)

    The fact or action of speaking, as opposed to writing or to action.

  2. word(Noun)

    Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech.

  3. word(Noun)

    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.

  4. word(Noun)

    A distinct unit of language which is approved by some authority.

  5. word(Noun)

    News; tidings.

    Have you had any word from John yet?

  6. word(Noun)

    An order; a request or instruction.

    He sent word that we should strike camp before winter.

  7. word(Noun)

    A promise; an oath or guarantee.

    I give you my word that I will be there on time.

  8. word(Noun)


  9. word(Noun)

    Communication from god; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible.

    Her parents had lived in Botswana, spreading the word among the tribespeople.

  10. word(Verb)

    To say or write (something) using particular words.

    Iu2019m not sure how to word this letter to the council.

  11. word(Noun)

    A brief discussion or conversation.

    Can I have a word with you?

  12. word(Noun)

    Angry debate or conversation; argument.

    There had been words between him and the secretary about the outcome of the meeting.

  13. word(Noun)

    Any sequence of letters or characters considered as a discrete entity.

  14. word(Noun)

    A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space.

  15. word(Noun)

    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.

  16. word(Noun)

    A finite string which is not a command or operator.

  17. word(Noun)

    A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.

  18. word(Noun)

    Different symbols, written or spoken, arranged together in a unique sequence that approximates a thought in a person's mind.

  19. word(Interjection)

    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.

  20. word(Interjection)

    An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.

  21. Word(Noun)

    Scripture; The Bible

  22. Word(Noun)

    The creative word of God; logos

  23. Origin: From wurdan, from werdʰo-, from wer-; cognate with Old Frisian , Old Saxon (Dutch woord), Old High German wort (German Wort), Old Norse orð (Icelandic orð, Swedish ord), Gothic . The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Latin verbum, Lithuanian vardas, and, more distantly, of Ancient Greek and Old Slavonic (Russian ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Word(noun)

    the spoken sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of human speech or language; a constituent part of a sentence; a term; a vocable

  2. Word(noun)

    hence, the written or printed character, or combination of characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a page

  3. Word(noun)

    talk; discourse; speech; language

  4. Word(noun)

    account; tidings; message; communication; information; -- used only in the singular

  5. Word(noun)

    signal; order; command; direction

  6. Word(noun)

    language considered as implying the faith or authority of the person who utters it; statement; affirmation; declaration; promise

  7. Word(noun)

    verbal contention; dispute

  8. Word(noun)

    a brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase, clause, or short sentence

  9. Word(verb)

    to use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute

  10. Word(verb)

    to express in words; to phrase

  11. Word(verb)

    to ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a word or words

  12. Word(verb)

    to flatter with words; to cajole


  1. Word

    In language, a word is the smallest element that may be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content. This contrasts with a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of meaning but will not necessarily stand on its own. A word may consist of a single morpheme, or several, whereas a morpheme may not be able to stand on its own as a word. A complex word will typically include a root and one or more affixes, or more than one root in a compound. Words can be put together to build larger elements of language, such as phrases, clauses, and sentences. The term word may refer to a spoken word or to a written word, or sometimes to the abstract concept behind either. Spoken words are made up of units of sound called phonemes, and written words of symbols called graphemes, such as the letters of the English alphabet.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WORD

    Something you must keep after giving it to another.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #512

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Written Corpus Frequency: #437

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Nouns Frequency: #35

Anagrams of word

  1. drow

Translations for word

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the smallest unit of language (whether written, spoken or read).

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