Not many Scrabble players realize just how important eight letter words are in the game. This is probably because each player has seven letters on their rack, and so they think of a bonus as one where they use up all seven of their letters.
This is true, of course, but if you weave those seven letters around an existing letter on the board, then your bingo is an eight letter word. Even less well-known, is the fact that eight letter bonus plays are actually playable more frequently than sevens! In fact, they turn up about 30% more often.
So if you agree that it's important to learn the high probability seven letter words, then you'll agree that it's even more important to master the most frequently occurring eight letter words in Scrabble. And that's what I've put together here for you...
Which Dictionary Have I Used?
All the words you see in this list can be found in Collins Official Scrabble Dictionary, which is the official Scrabble dictionary endorsed by the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA). This is not, however, the official dictionary used in North American Scrabble — here you use the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
To help accommodate all players I have color-coded the words appearing with their definitions down below this word list. Words colored blue, are not accepted in North American Scrabble. The other words are playable everywhere. I hope that isn't too confusing.
Oops! There I go again. Rambling on about conventions and whatnots, while you're yelling 'Less TALK, more WORDS!!'. Ok, ok, here they are now...
Top Eight Letter Words (1-50)
Now you'll probably notice that my list is not in alphabetical order. That's because I've put the words in order of probability, with the most likely words appearing first. And since words made up of the same set of letters have exactly the same probability of being drawn from the tile bag, this also means that anagrams, like GRATINEE and INTERAGE, appear together in the list.
And, once you've mastered those, here is the next installment...
Since creating this page several years ago, the official Scrabble word list has changed, and the lists you see here are not 100% correct.
The good news is, I've now created a completely up-to-date list, not only of the top 100 eight letter words, but of the top 500 eight letter words! I've formatted them all in a really easy-to-study way that readers are loving.
Just click the picture below and get the eBook as a downloadable pdf...
Top Eight Letter Words (51-101)
What do all these eight letter words mean?
Finally, just in case you were wondering whether any of these weird looking eight letter words are genuine, here is a brief definition for every eight letter word appearing on this page.
Also, as I promised at the start, I've highlighted in BLUE the words that are not valid Scrabble words in North America.
In other words, if you're from North America, DO NOT play the blue words - the others are fine. Everybody else, learn and play all of them ;-)
a film with a lot of action [n -S]
exposure to the action of air [n -S]
a meteorite [n -S]
AILERON, a balancing flap on a aeroplane [n]
ALERION, in heraldry, an eagle displayed without feet or beak, also ALLERION [n]
ALIENOR, one who transfers property [n]
ANEROID, a type of barometer [n]
ANOESTRUS, a period of sexual dormancy, also ANESTRUS [n]
one who anoints (to consecrate with oil) [n -S]
one affected with loss of appetite [n -S]
in front [adj]
a principal character who lacks noble qualities [n ANTIHEROES or ANTIHERO]
ARENITE, rock composed of sand grains [n]
AROINT, to frighten away, also AROYNT [v]
a chemical salt [n -S]
one who maliciously lights fires, also ARSONIST [n -S]
a rocky object found in orbits [n -S]
ASTONY, to amaze or shock, also ASTONISH, ASTONE [v]
a medicine derived from the deadly nightshade, also ATROPIN, ATROPIA [n -S]
AUNTLY, like an aunt [adj]
a deep male voice, also BARYTONE [n -S]
something that is created [n -S]
a poison [n -S]
the act of delating [n -S]
to free from rationing [v -ED, -ING, -S]
the unlawful withholding of another's property [n -S]
DETRAIN, to alight from a train [v]
DONARY, a thing given to sacred use [n]
a custom-house officer [n -S]
a hard mass that forms in the inner ear [n -S]
a chemical compound [n -S]
ELATION, a feeling of great joy [n]
one who entails (to restrict inheritance to a specified line) [n -S]
ENTRAIL, to interlace [v]
a type of mineral [n -S]
ETAERIO, an aggregated fruit like a blackberry [n]
the process of gelling [n -S]
an alcohol used in perfumes [n -S]
to cook with a crust [v GRATINEED, GRATINEEING, GRATINEES]
the act of ideating [n -S]
one that worships idols, also IDOLATOR [n -S]
IGNARO, an ignorant person [n]
to make hard [v INDURATED, INDURATING, INDURATES]
INERTIA, the tendency of a body to resist acceleration [n]
not ornate [adj]
to expose to the sun's rays [v INSOLATED, INSOLATING, INSOLATES]
including people of various ages [adj]
to treat with iodine, also IODATE [v IODINATED, IODINATING, IODINATES]
LARNEY, of clothes, smart [adj]
LATRINE, a type of toilet [n]
the sending of an official envoy [n -S]
NOTARY, a public official who can certify documents [n]
to attest to as a notary, also NOTARIZE [v NOTARISED, NOTARISING, NOTARISES]
one that obtains [n -S]
ONERY, stubborn and mean-spirited [adj]
to ordain [v ORDINATED, ORDINATING, ORDINATES]
a cotton fabric, also ORGANDY [n -S]
to form into an organic whole, also ORGANIZE [v ORGANISED, ORGANISING, ORGANISES]
an inhabitant of an eastern country [n -S]
ORIENT, to acquaint with details of a situation [v]
ORIGANE, marjoram, also ORIGAN [n]
to surpass in raising [v OUTRAISED, OUTRAISING, OUTRAISES]
RANDY, lustful [adj]
RATION, to distribute in fixed amounts [v]
RATLINE, one of the ropes forming the steps of a ladder on a ship, also RATLIN, RATLING, RATTLIN, RATTLINE [n]
the act of reacting [n -S]
to anoint again [v -ED, -ING, -S]
something that serves as a region [n -S]
to instal again, also REINSTALL [n -S]
an association between people or things [n -S]
to obtain again [v -ED, -ING, -S]
to treat with a viscous substance, also RESIN [v RESINATED, RESINATING, RESINATES]
to resound (to make an echoing sound) [v RESONATED, RESONATING, RESONATES]
RETAIN, to keep possession of [v]
RETINAL, a pigment in the retina, also RETINENE [n]
a neural receptor of an arthropod's eye [n -S]
a resinate [n -S]
RUINATE, to ruin [v]
RUINATE, to ruin [v]
a heraldic design, also SALTIRE, SALTIER, SAUTOIR [n -S]
the reduction of stress by sedatives [n -S]
an unmarried Spanish girl or woman [n -S]
a European bat [n -S]
pertaining to salvation [adj]
the solid portion of a fat, also STEARIN [n -S]
STRAIN, to exert to the utmost [v]
a small drum, also TABORET, TABORIN, TABOURET [n -S]
like a tapeworm [adj]
a part of a two-piece tailplane [n -S]
TAILOR, to fit with clothes [v]
TAURINE, a chemical compound [n]
TENTORIUM, a sheet of the dura mater [n]
pertaining to a tenure [adj]
TOENAIL, to fasten with obliquely driven nails [v]
TRAINEE, one who receives training [n]
a wooden peg used to fasten timber, also TRENAIL, TRUNNEL [n -S]
TRENAIL, a wooden peg used to fasten timber, also TREENAIL, TRUNNEL [n]
URANITE, a mineral [n]
URINATE, to discharge urine [v]
URINATE, to discharge urine [v]
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