A List of Words With Only Y as a Vowel

Uncommon words with Y as the only vowel

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Words with Y as a vowel are nothing new, but they often catch people by surprise. This can happen when someone is trying to remember how to spell a word for a writing project, or maybe when they’re competing in a spelling bee. But, what matters to us (and probably you) the most is their craftiness in word games. No matter what word game you play, you need to be ready for words with Y as the only vowel. You don’t want to be asking why when it comes to Y.
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Five-Letter Y Vowel Words for Wordle

The Wordle answer on March 27, 2022, was “nymph.” Needless to say, that word really threw a lot of people for a loop. It even cost a few people their coveted win streaks as one of the hardest Wordle words so far. There’s nothing more aggravating than when you’re playing Wordle and you get to your last few turns before realizing the answer uses a Y as a vowel. 

Consider using some of these useful test words with Y as a vowel to quickly find out if the puzzle you’re trying to beat is doing the same. We’ve included their Scrabble and Words With Friends values for your convenience too.

  • Byrls: Scrabble score: 10 | Words With Friends score: 11

  • Chynd: Scrabble score: N/A | Words With Friends score: N/A

  • Dryly: Scrabble score: 12| Words With Friends score: 11

  • Glyph: Scrabble score: 14 | Words With Friends score: 15

  • Grypt: Scrabble score: N/A | Words With Friends score: N/A

  • Hwyls: Scrabble score: 14 | Words With Friends score: N/A

  • Kydst: Scrabble score: N/A | Words With Friends score: N/A

  • Kynds: Scrabble score: N/A | Words With Friends score: N/A

  • Lymph: Scrabble score: 15 | Words With Friends score: 16

  • Psych: Scrabble score: 15 | Words With Friends score: 11

  • Sylph: Scrabble score: 13 | Words With Friends score: 13

  • Synth: Scrabble score: 11 | Words With Friends score: 10

  • Tryst: Scrabble score: 8 | Words With Friends score: 7

  • Wryly: Scrabble score: 14 | Words With Friends score: 13

If you want to see even more Wordle-appropriate Y words, you can find plenty of them in our list of words without vowels. You might also enjoy our list of the best Wordle starting words

Common Words With Y as a Vowel

Using Y as a vowel isn’t what most people consider when thinking about the letter. But, there are a number of common words that make regular use of the technique. These are a few examples of words with Y as the only vowel that you're sure to know.

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  • By: Scrabble score: 7 | Words With Friends score: 7

  • Cry: Scrabble score: 8 | Words With Friends score: 8

  • Cyst: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 9

  • Dry: Scrabble score: 7 | Words With Friends score: 6

  • Fly: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 9

  • Fry: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 8

  • Gym: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 10

  • Hymn: Scrabble score: 12 | Words With Friends score: 12

  • Lynx: Scrabble score: 14 | Words With Friends score: 15

  • Myth: Scrabble score: 12 | Words With Friends score: 11

  • Pry: Scrabble score: 8 | Words With Friends score: 8

  • Rhythm: Scrabble score: 17 | Words With Friends score: 15

  • Shy: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 7

  • Spy: Scrabble score: 8 | Words With Friends score: 8

  • Spry: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 9

  • Sync: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 10

  • Try: Scrabble score: 6 | Words With Friends score: 5

  • Why: Scrabble score: 12 | Words With Friends score: 10

Sly Y’s to Watch Out For

Now that we’ve gotten the easy ones out of the way, let’s talk about the Y-only words that love to cause trouble. You may know some of these when you see them, but when you’re playing a game like Scrabble or Words With Friends, you might not immediately remember that they are valid options for a clutch play.

  • Byrl: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 10

  • Drys: Scrabble score: 8 | Words With Friends score: 7

  • Gymp: Scrabble score: N/A | Words With Friends score: 14

  • Myrrh: Scrabble score: 13 | Words With Friends score: 12

  • Scry: Scrabble score: 9 | Words With Friends score: 9

  • Syn: Scrabble score: 6 | Words With Friends score: 6

  • Wych: Scrabble score: 15 | Words With Friends score: 14

  • Xyst: Scrabble score: 14 | Words With Friends score: 13

More Fun (and Funny) Words to Study

Words with Y as a vowel can mess with players at times, but they are still fun to learn and use. Discovering and memorizing new words is one of the best things about playing word games, after all. Are you interested in doing more of that learning stuff? Take a look at our list of the funniest words you can play in Scrabble or Words With Friends. These are the words that work double-time by being both fun to play and funny to say.


Zac Pricener has been a content creator for the past eight years. He’s a bit of an all-around nerd, and he has a bad habit of working movie and TV show references into conversations whenever possible.

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