If you're interested in that elusive 50 bonus points, it's time to start learning seven letter words. So on this page I've put together the most important one hundred seven letter words playable in Scrabble.
Now, why are these particular words so important? Because the words I've included in this list are the most likely sevens to be drawn from a standard set of Scrabble tiles. If you learn these words (and practice anagramming them!), you will be amazed how often you'll be adding 50 magic points to your Scrabble score...
Before I show you the list though, I have to clarify something that can be a bit confusing...
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 Seven Letter Words (1-50)
I've split the words up into two blocks of 50 to make them a bit more digestible. In case you're wondering why the ordering of these words is not alphabetical, I have placed them in decreasing order of probability so that you're always learning the most useful words first.
As a side benefit, it turns out that anagrams, like ELATION and TOENAIL, appear together. This is because anagrams are made up of the same letters, and therefore have the same likelihood of being randomly drawn from a bag of tiles.
And just in case you found that list a bit too easy, here are the next 50 down the list...
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 seven letter words, but of the top 500 seven 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...
You can't wait to play some of these gems against your favorite Scrabble-rival, right?
But you're also wondering what to say if they ask the dreaded question...
What do all these seven letter words mean?
Here are the top seven letter words again, this time in alphabetical order, with brief definitions. 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 seven letter words - the others are fine. Everybody else, learn and play all of them ;-)
If your opponent has the audacity to demand to know what your brilliant bonus word means, simply recite the brief definition provided below. And make sure you do so with a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders that suggests you could tell them more if you wanted to, but you're way too busy right now...
a poisonous herb, also ACONITUM [n -S]
to adorn (oneself), also ADONIZE [v ADONISED, ADONISING, ADONISES]
pertaining to the wind [adj]
AERY, airy, also EYRIE, AERIE, AIERY, AYRIE [adj]
AGONY, extreme suffering [n]
to suffer agony, also AGONIZE [v AGONISED, AGONISING, AGONISES]
a balancing flap on a aeroplane [n -S]
in heraldry, an eagle displayed without feet or beak, also ALLERION [n -S]
one that transfers property [n -S]
one who transfers property [n -S]
a vertebrate that develops an amnion during the embryonic stage [n -S]
a type of barometer [n -S]
ANESTRUS, a period of sexual dormancy, also ANOESTRUS [n]
a chemical compound [n -S]
feeling without understanding [adj]
to give a protective coat, also ANODIZE [v ANODISED, ANODISES, ANODISING]
opposed to communism [adj]
ANTSY, fidgety [adj]
rock composed of sand grains [n -S]
sandy, also ARENOUS [adj]
an artist's studio [n -S]
ATONER, one who atones (to make amends) [n]
ATONY, muscular debility, also ATONIA [n]
a shell of pastry [n -S]
to alight from a train [v -ED, -ING, -S]
a feeling of great joy [n -S]
one who eloins, also ELOIGNER [n -S]
an outgrowth [n -S]
to interlace [v -ED, -ING, -S]
the act of rubbing out [n -S]
sexual literature [n]
to give a sexual meaning to, also EROTIZE [v EROTISED, EROTISING, EROTISES]
an aggregated fruit like a blackberry [n -S]
an annually recurring wind [n -S]
a male parent [n -S]
GOATY, like a goat [adj]
a plant [n -S]
a type of rock [n -S]
covered with a crust [adj]
the tendency of a body to resist acceleration [n INERTIAS or INERTIAE]
an ungrateful person [n -S]
IODATE, to treat with iodine, also IODINATE [v]
to set apart from others [v ISOLATED, ISOLATING, ISOLATES]
a type of toilet [n -S]
marked with lines, also LINEATED [adj]
an accumulation of debris deposited by a glacier [n -S]
NASTY, ill-natured [adj]
one that negates, also NEGATER [n -S]
a salt of niobium [n -S]
NORITE, a granular rock [n]
OARY, like oars [adj]
a female sex hormone also ESTRIOL, OESTRIOL, ESTRIN, ESTROGEN, OESTROGEN, ESTRONE, OESTRONE, THEELIN, THEELOL [n -S]
an Australian daisy-tree [n -S]
one that is being ordained [n -S]
ORIENT, to acquaint with details of a situation [v]
marjoram, also ORIGAN [n -S]
OTARY, a big-eared seal [n]
pertaining to otaries (a big-eared seal) [adj]
to surpass in earning [v -ED, -ING, -S]
RATINE, a heavy fabric [n]
one of the ropes forming the steps of a ladder on a ship, also RATLIN, RATLING, RATTLIN, RATTLINE [n -S]
honesty (the quality of being honest) [n -S]
showing reliance [adj]
a residence, also RESIANCE [n -S]
RETAIN, to keep possession of [v]
RETINA, a membrane of the eye [n]
a pigment in the retina, also RETINENE [n -S]
RETINA, a membrane of the eye [n]
a liquid hydrocarbon [n -S]
a resin-flavoured Greek wine [n -S]
ROADIE, a person who works for travelling entertainers [n]
a variety of lettuce [n -S]
a regular course of procedure [n -S]
to destroy [v RUINATED, RUINATING, RUINATES]
a priest of santeria [n -S]
a member of a senate [n -S]
to put in a series [v SERIATED, SERIATING, SERIATES]
SOREDIUM, a reproductive body in lichens [n]
that which stains [n -S]
a star [n -S]
the solid portion of a fat, also STEARINE [n -S]
STONY, abounding in small rocks, also STONEY [adj]
TAENIA, a headband worn in ancient Greece [n]
TANGY, pungent (sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell) [adj]
a chemical compound [n -S]
TEAR, to shed a drop of saline liquid from the eyes [v]
wiping [n -S]
TOADY, to fawn on or flatter [v]
to fasten with obliquely driven nails [v -ED, -ING, -S]
a thunderstorm [n -S]
TRAIN, to instruct systematically [v]
one who receives training [n -S]
betraying of one's country [n -S]
a wooden peg used to fasten timber, also TREENAIL, TRUNNEL [n -S]
the seven stars of the Plough [n]
a leaf of the bussu palm, also TROELY, TROOLIE [n -S]
a mineral [n -S]
to discharge urine [v URINATED, URINATING, URINATES]
But Don't Forget The Short Words!
Learning obscure seven letter Scrabble words is always fun because of the 50 bonus points you know you'll get when you play one. Not to mention the priceless look on your opponent's face ;-)
But the real bang-for-your-buck comes in learning the short Scrabble words.
I explain why in the introduction to my free mini-Scrabble dictionary, which contains a nicely formatted list of every short word allowed in Scrabble!
Just click the image to download a free copy right now...