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Wordnik Finds Multiple Definitions, Pronunciation, and Twitter Context For Words

Website of the Day: Wordnik

Of all things, I am a total word geek. If I hear or see a word and don't know the definition, I use Spotlight or grab my dictionary.

But the problem with conventional dictionaries is that you get a few words to define another, and if you're lucky, one phrase with usage. I want to know how the real world uses words! So I'm totally jazzed on Wordnik, which gives you a whole fleshed-out page for each word you look up. You get the regular definition, of course, but you also get to see how the Internet uses it — tweets where it's used, images tagged in Flickr with the word, audio pronunciations.

Basically, you'll never misuse "ostensibly" again.

To learn how to post your favorite websites to our Website of the Day group,


I know that this long list looks scary, but trust me, once you get the hang of it, it'll be a snap the second time around.

  1. First of all, join the Website of the Day group.
  2. Click the pink "Share" menu on the top left side of the page.
  3. Choose "Blog" and "Regular Post."
  4. Give your story a "Title."
  5. Fill in the "Body" with a link to your favorite website and the reasons why you love it.
  6. Click "Next."
  7. Choose the audience for your story to "Website of the Day" in the dropdown menu.
  8. Add keyword(s) (for example mine for this photo was "Website of the Day").
  9. Change channel to "Technology and Gadgets."
  10. Fill in tag field with relevant tags.
  11. Click "I’m done" to submit content.

So join the Website of the Day group and share information about all your favorite sites! Yours just might end up on the geeksugar homepage!

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AngiD AngiD 8 years
What a great find!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I usually just Google:Define words, but this looks awesome.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
AHHH I love words, thanks geek!
kayedizzle kayedizzle 8 years
this is pretty great. I'm studying for the gre, and it helps me learn vocab words more efficiently when I read them within the context of a sentence.
ZweiAeikozz ZweiAeikozz 8 years It contains most of the definitions to everywords now just slang words. Plus as the definition may change over time users change it's meaning as well.
Phil Phil 8 years
Funnest dictionary ever! Erin Mckean is on her way to doing more for words than anyone since Samuel Johnson. Incredible in an age that often sees people (myself included...I use the word "ironic" like Jon Hamm in 30 Rock) butcher words through technology. It's still in beta so tons of things need work, more features need to be added in that push toward perfection, but, despite all that, what it does offer now elevates it far above all other online dictionaries, and dictionaries in general. Can't wait to see what else is in store for Wordnik in the coming weeks and months.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I am completely geeking out right now. So great!
MarcomMom MarcomMom 8 years
Love this! I'm usually called a "word witch," which is a little different...
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