30 Little-Known Words That Will Help You Win Scrabble
Memorize these to be a winner every game.
Oxyphenbutazone: A type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
This is theoretically the highest-scoring of all the Scrabble words—hooked to the right words, it would earn a whopping 1,778 points, found Dan Stock of Ohio. But it would require perfect placement of eight other tiles, so it’s never actually been played in a real game—start practicing with this Scrabble set. This is why men tend to be better at Scrabble than women.
Muzjiks: A Russian peasant
With this alternate spelling of muzhiks, Jesse Inman earned the record of the highest-scoring opening Scrabble word ever played in 2008.
Qi: The energy of life flowing through the body
When you’ve been holding on to that Q for way too long, just get rid of it with this easy-peasy two-letter word that doesn’t even require a U. Add an S at your next turn to take advantage of that ten-point Q all over again to win Scrabble. Check out these other 10 almost-extinct words you should start using.
Qat: A shrub that grows in the Middle East and Africa
Q with no U? You’re in luck—“qat” makes it easy to get rid of that tricky letter. When your friends question you, make sure to pronounce it right (“kaht”), and don’t miss these other 20 common words even smart people mispronounce.
Xu: Ccoin that used to be minted in South Vietnam
Don’t get stuck with that X! Short Scrabble words that start with X are hard to come by.
No vowels? No problem! Other long consonant-only options to win Scrabble include crwth, byrls, fyrds, ghyll, and xylyl. You probably use these 10 trendy words but have no idea what they actually mean.
Cwm: Cirque, a half-open hollow on a mountainside
When you’re stuck with all consonants, you don’t have too many options, especially if you don’t have a Y either. Enter cwm to save the day, or even tsk, brr, pht, zzz, nth, or shh. Don’t miss these other fancy words that make you sound smarter.
Beziques: A card game played with a pack of 48 cards (two of each suit for high cards)
This word can get two tricky letters out of the way: Z and Q.
Highjack: Alternate spelling of hijack
Who knew there was more than one spelling? These are 10 common words that you’ll only find in English.
Mezquite: Alternate spelling of mesquite
Trick all of your opponents with the alternate spelling to win Scrabble.
Maximize: To make as big or large as possible
This is a word people actually use on a daily basis, so it’s a great way to score 78 Scrabble points. These are the 10 most searched words, according to Dictionary.com.
Quixotry: Quixotic action or thought
You probably still have no idea what this means. A quixotic action is one that is unrealistic or impractical.
Vizcacha: A burrowing rodent
When you use this winning Scrabble word, you’ll impress your friends while scoring a lot of points. Learn about these 10 uncommon English words that we don’t use, but really should.
Chutzpah: Unbelievable gall; supreme self-confidence
It takes a lot of chutzpah to use this high-scoring Scrabble word.
Quetzals: The basic unit of money in Guatemala; large bird of Central and South America
This word with a double meaning can help to potentially double your score. Check out these 15 words that were just added to the Scrabble dictionary.
Whizbang: A small high-velocity shell; a firecracker that makes a whizzing sound followed by an explosion
This fun Scrabble word can add 76 points to your score.
Flapjack: A flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle
Another one of the high-scoring Scrabble words that can help you win the game is flapjack. These 15 common words used to mean completely different things.
Equalize: To compensate; to make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
This Scrabble word will not equalize the score of the game.
Exorcize: Drive out or attempt to drive out (an evil spirit) from a person or place
Exorcize is another word for exorcism. These are 10 words that don’t rhyme with anything.
Squeeze: To grip and press firmly; the act of gripping and pressing firmly
You can squeeze 75 points out of this high-scoring Scrabble word.
Jezebel: A shameless, impudent, scheming woman
This is one of the best Scrabble words to use—especially if you’re playing against an impudent woman that you want to insult.
Zymurgy: The branch of chemistry concerned with fermentation
Fermentation as in making wine, brewing, or distilling. If you want to be a Scrabble champ, make sure you don’t use these 70 words and phrases wrong because a lot of people do.
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