Challenge based on opponent's definition of the word.

by Susan

If a player challenges a word based on their opponent's definition (friendly game?) and that word is spelled incorrectly, but there is another word spelled that same way, does the challenger win the challenge?

Example: player used "shives" and defined it as the plural of "knife," which would have been "shivs." The word "shives" does exist, but the definition is "thin fragments."

Hi Susan - This is an interesting question that I haven't been asked before.

The answer is that if the word is in the Scrabble dictionary, then it is allowed to be played - no matter what it means, and no matter what the player of the word thinks it means!

Although some people like to complain about it, definitions are not used in adjudicating Scrabble words.

All the best,

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