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Wordnerd uses data from Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wordnik, and other sources. This page outlines the types of data shown and where it comes from.


👂 Examples from YouTube

Wordnerd includes searchable text transcriptions from thousands of YouTube videos. Search for a word like squishy to hear (and see) people pronouncing that word in real contexts. These real-world utterances are a great way to learn pronunciation, but they can also be useful for picking up more nuanced meanings of words or for exploring topics like renewable energy.


💡 Related Words from Moby Thesaurus

Wordnerd serves up related words from the Moby Thesaurus, a weird and wonderful collection of word associations and purportedly the largest thesaurus in the English language, with over 2.5 million word associations. Moby is not a traditional thesaurus, but a collection of loose and often serendipitous word assocations. For example, when you search for fast, you'll get the obvious synonyms like "quick" and "speedy", but you'll also get over 350 other interesting results like fruitarinism, galloping, allegro, and transfixed.


📚 Articles from Wikipedia

Wordnerd indexes over 13 million article titles from Wikipedia. When you look up a word, Wordnerd finds Wikipedia articles that have your query in their title and displays summaries of those articles. These come in handy when you're searching for words or topics that don't exist in "classical" dictionaries, like Black Lives Matter, or white privilege.


🌍 Translations from Ord

Wordnerd collects translations from Ord, a service that uses Wikipedia metadata to translate words into many languages. When you look up word, Wordnerd displays all the known translations of that word at once. For example, check out the 155 translations of the word "cheese". Seeing many translations of the same word in different languages can be useful for spotting the similarities (and differences) between English and other languages.


📖 Definitions from Wordnik

Wordnik is a web-based aggregator of dictionary data. Using the Wordnik API, Wordnerd displays definitions from the following dictionaries:

  • Wiktionary, a sister project of Wikipedia. It's a multilingual crowdsourced effort to create a free content dictionary of terms in all natural languages and in a number of artificial languages.
  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language is a more prescriptive dictionary maintained by a group of "scholars, creative writers, journalists, diplomats, and others in occupations requiring mastery of language."
  • The Century Dictionary from 1911 is one of the largest encyclopedic dictionaries of the English language. In its day it was compared favorably with the Oxford English Dictionary and frequently consulted for more factual information than would normally found in a dictionary.
  • WordNet is part dictionary, part thesaurus. It's a lexical database of semantic relations between words in more than 200 languages. Its primary use is in automatic text analysis and artificial intelligence applications. It was created at Princeton University and is funded by agencies like DARPA and the National Science Foundation.
  • GCIDE, or the GNU version of Collaborative International Dictionary of English, was derived from the 1913 edition of Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary and WordNet.
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