What’s the word – 15 Brilliant Websites that help you improve your vocabulary

Vocabulary Improvement Websites

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The web is full of websites that are really great at helping with and teaching vocabulary. Here are some of our favourite free vocabulary websites that will be helpful for parents, teachers as well as students.

15 Brilliant Websites that help you improve your vocabulary


This awesome website has lots of uses, from a dictionary and countless vocabulary questions. The best part of the website is the lists facility, which has lots of brilliant applications for teachers.



This website creates interesting graphic visuals for your word choices. You can use the graphs to associate words and expand on concepts.  You can go beyond synonyms and find other kinds of relational connections. This online graphical dictionary that provides definitions and pronunciation like a traditional dictionary, but also generates a visual representation of the word. This comprehensive database has nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, and you can search for the exact word you need. An additional bonus: you can use Visuwords as a thesaurus when they want to expand your vocabulary. Graph Words and Lexipedia are other similar visual dictionary and thesaurus.

Describing Words 

This tool helps you find adjectives for things that you’re trying to describe. Type in a noun and get a list of descriptive words you can use with that word. This also has a helpful sort for ‘frequency’ and for ‘uniqueness’.


Reverse Dictionary

This reverse dictionary allows you to search for words by their definition.

Reverse Dictionary


Related Words

This tool helps you find words that are related to a specific word or phrase.

Related Words

Online Etymology Dictionary

This website offers a quick search to gain accessible word histories (alongside some very interesting articles).

Word Sift

This website is another very helpful tool that can visualize and ‘sift’ passages of text in many useful ways. From creating word-clouds based on word frequency to connecting keywords together, this website has lots of interesting applications for vocabulary learning.



This is an online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it. This is very similar to VisuWords but seems to be more child-friendly.

Word Grabber

Word Grabber has tools and articles for letters and words. You can find different word generator tools to make words for word games. VocabGrabber is another such tool.


Word Spy

Explains new words and phrases with new entries added regularly, plus archives of previous entries.

Word Spy


Just The Word is a cool website that helps you make informed decisions as to the right word selection to use in your writing.



Wordhippo is a great vocabulary web tool that lets you easily provide antonyms and synonyms to your words.


WordSmith – A Word A Day

Subscribe to receive a word a day to improve your vocabulary. It also has tools to help you find anagrams, palindromes etc. WordThink is another similar site.




Metaglossary.com is a website where you can find meanings of the words in varying manners. For instance, you wish to look for a term, what MetaGlossary will do is gather all the links from across the web describing that word and presenting them to you under its search results. In other words, this site does a stellar job pulling definitions and/or meaning for a word from all around the web.


With Thsrs you can get synonyms that are shorter in word length for long words that are both difficult to pronounce and write.

A few notable online Dictionaries and Thesauruses ones are:  

Alpha Dictionary  The alpha dictionary does not directly show you the meaning of the searched word rather it searches all the online dictionaries (most of them) and displays them in the form of links where you can find the meaning of the selected word.

Urban Dictionary – The USP of Urban Dictionary is that it deals in all forms of slang. So if you don’t want what “something” means then better consult the Urban Dictionary.




Merriam-Webster Online


Improve Vocabulary and do some good too!! This unique website, Freerice, is great for some vocabulary-related quizzing while helping end hunger! The premise of ‘free rice’ sees correct quiz answers activity the World Food Programme donates grains of rice to help end hunger.

Each of the above websites is meant to boost your vocabulary in English. By using these websites, you can greatly benefit from the vocabulary building. Do you think we have missed out on a valuable resource? Let us know in comments.

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