Racking Up All the Points
Remember that in Scrabble, as in Words With Friends, the shortest word you can play must be at least two letters. Keeping a number of 2-letter words in your back pocket is part of a great Scrabble strategy. That’s how you can best utilize parallel-play tactics for maximum points!
In addition to the five 2-letter words with just vowels, there’s also one 3-letter word with all vowels you can play in Scrabble.
AA: a type of basaltic rock with a jagged surface
AE: a Scottish term for “one”
AI: a herbivorous sloth native to South America
OE: an abbreviation for Old English
OI: a Yiddish expression of frustration or worry
EAU: the French word for “water” often used to describe lighter perfume or cologne
All Vowel Words in Words With Friends
The dictionaries for the two games have a lot in common, but Words With Friends tends to be more lax than Scrabble in terms of what words are permissible. These vowel words definitely are not the highest-scoring words in Words With Friends, but they’ll probably be much more useful in your day-to-day play.
EE: an abbreviation for “electrical engineering” or “electrical engineer”
EO: short for “equal opportunity” or “executive order”
IO: a figure from Greek mythology, also a type of moth
OO: an extinct bird native to Hawaii
OU: a South African term for a fellow or guy
All Vowels Including Y
When talking about vowels, you have to include the caveat of “sometimes Y.” When you include Y as part of a list of Scrabble words with all vowels, you unlock about a dozen more options.
AY: a word used to express sorrow or distress
OY: another spelling of the Yiddish expression for frustration or grief
YA: an informal way to say “you” or “yes”
YE: an archaic term meaning “the” or “you”
YO: a slang term used as a greeting or to get someone’s attention
AYE: a “yes” vote
EYE: the organ used for sight in humans and animals
YAY: an expression of excitement or happiness
YEA: a positive affirmation, as in “yes”
YOU: the second-person pronoun
AIYEE: a cry or expression of surprise or excitement
AYAYA: an alternative spelling of “aye yai yai,” an expression of dismay or confusion
YOYO is another great word with no consonants. While it is playable in Words With Friends, YOYO is sadly not a valid Scrabble word. If you’re looking for other short words, you may also consider certain abbreviations in Scrabble too. Did you know that AWOL and OK are valid Scrabble words?
Words With All Vowels (Plus Some Consonants)
There are no Scrabble words with just 4 vowels in a row, nor is there a word with all 5 vowels in order. However, if you introduce consonants into the mix, a whole other world of possibility opens up. QUEUE and AQUEOUS are examples of words with 4 vowels in a row.
Unsurprisingly, Scrabble words that include all 5 vowels are quite long and would consequently be difficult to play in a real game. Some examples include:
ABSTEMIOUS: a person who abstains, usually in the context of food
AMBIDEXTROUS: the ability to use either hand equally
BIMOLECULAR: relating to two molecules
COMMUNICATIVE: inclined to communicate readily
DELUSIONARY: relating to someone or something far removed from reality
EDUCATIONALLY: in an educational manner
FACETIOUS: inappropriate joking
NEFARIOUS: known to be villainous or wicked
OSTENTATIOUSLY: in a manner to get attention by being inappropriate or vulgar
PRECARIOUS: dependent on circumstances outside of one’s control
QUESTIONABLY: in a manner that is open to doubt
REVOLUTIONARY: related to significant social or political change
UNCOMPLIMENTARY: in an unflattering or disrespectful way
More Winning Scrabble Words
If you’ve got at least a consonant or two in your letter rack, our list of words with 3 or more vowels will come in handy. And while smacking down extra-long words can feel extremely satisfying, a larger number of shorter words are what will win you the game. With that in mind, be sure to check out our list of the 25 best short Scrabble words for more winning plays!
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