The Consolidated Word List

Consolidated Word List Preface

This is a major Scripps-issued list of 23,413 words released in 2004. It is “a compilation of over 100 Scripps National Spelling [B]ee word lists dating as far back as 1950.” 43% (10,139) of the words have the part of speech, language of origin, pronunciation, definition, and sentences already provided. The Consolidated Word List (sometimes referred to as the CWL) has three categories:

(7,740 words; 66% with word information)

(9,058 words; 40% with word information)

(6,615 words; 22% with word information)

Here is a file I synthesized that contains the entire list!! I fixed all the reported errors from the original version of the CWL, too! This took me hours upon hours of work, so I hope it helps!

While this list has many words that are likely to show up, it also has lots of words (such as fleet) that are not national-caliber. To study the CWL without the non-national-caliber words and save yourself potentially hundreds of hours, check out the Hardest Words in the Consolidated Word List!

Ceiling Words

Similar to Wall Words, Ceiling Words is another group of over 900 challenging words.

Word Difficulty: 8

Statistics

Words: 910 (0.19% of the dictionary)

How well did this list do in:

2015 Finals: 2/47 words or 4.26% of words (zygoneure, bouillabaisse)

Efficiency Rating: 22.42

2015 Semifinals: 3/87 words or 3.45% of words (consommé, ballabile, rollmops)

Efficiency Rating: 18.16

Below are 100 of the words from the list in random order. Sign up for the full list.

hirsute
aposiopesis
chresard
Beatnik
valence
beadledom
bijouterie
epizeuxis
lexigraphy
gratis
limacine
neurasthenia
mitrailleuse
kairos
hallux
novachord
espalier
muskmelon
cheroot
patzer
ambrosia
goalie
contretemps
embolism
drepaniform
aquiclude
rantipole
amblyopia
exsiccate
kepi
xenia
gelid
tonneau
ketone
ochlocracy
bursar
bonhomous
khedive
besotted
mitomycin
cachinnate
mucronate
inspissating
byssinosis
caisson
gloxinia
jalousie
faconne
limivorous
phocine
drisheen
equinoctial
vicissitude
parishioners
ailanthus
guetapens
interstices
nephalism
malaxage
rathskeller
chitarrone
hakenkreuz
cruciverbalist
gaufrette
formatore
dourness
paroxysm
chonolith
surrogate
gegenschein
blewits
criophore
maladive
corybantic
jugendstil
larigo
lapillus
malapropos
kittiwake
isagoge
florisugent
nunchaku
tautophony
escritoire
ekistics
cichlid
grimoire
macigno
thylacine
Menckenese
masseter
steinkern
aliphatic
paregoric
inverness
spatterdock
stevedore
latkes
footslogger
cromlech

Welcome!

Welcome to the best site on the web for preparing for a spelling bee! Created by the runner-up of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, it has (or will have) every aspect involved in preparing for a spelling bee! From general advice to roots and stems to random, very challenging lists, from language observations to lists focusing on a specific aspect, to the Consolidated Word List, to of course, the ultra-effective Master List (available through coaching). And don’t forget about vocabulary! If you have any questions about this site or its upcoming features, please direct an email to drcolesr@gmail.com (Cole Shafer-Ray).dev1