30 Little-Known Words Guaranteed to Make You a Scrabble Champ
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.
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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 10-point Q all over again.
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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 common words even smart people mispronounce.
Xu: Coin 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 include crwth, byrls, fyrds, ghyll, and xylyl.
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Zuz: Ancient Hebrew coin
Super Scrabble players curse the days they get two Zs. “Pizza” and “fuzz” are obvious choices, but you can get rid of those pesky letters even quicker with this three-letter word.
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.
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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
Huh, who knew there was more than one spelling?
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Mezquite: Alternate spelling of mesquite
Trick all of your opponents with the alternate spelling.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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