Words With 3 Vowels or More

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In every word game, whether it be something like Scrabble, Words With Friends or Wordle, knowing how to make the most using a lot of vowels is a required skill. The most common examples of this are words with three vowels. A rack full of vowels, or the need to play a vowel-heavy word first, can make for a stressful time if you don’t have a plan. Don’t worry though, because WordFinder is here to help. Here are some handy ways to play those three-vowel words (and words with even more).
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Keep It Short

One of the dangers of multiple-vowel words is length. The longer your word has to be to use all those unwelcome A and E tiles, the more chances your opponent gets to score points with your letters. Words with 3 vowels score points for you and deny them to the opponent. That’s the aim of the game. These simple four-letter words will let you get rid of three vowels. Add an S to the end of any of these to get 5 letter words with 3 vowels. 

  • Aide: A person hired to help someone in a particular way.

  • Area: A defined region of land or space.

  • Aria: A type of song performed in an opera.

  • Olio: A highly spiced stew of meat and vegetables.

5 Letter Words With 3 Vowels or More

Five-letter words are common in many word games. And, five-letter words with three or more vowels can win a lot of games for you. This is especially true as a Wordle solver, where the first words you play often decide if you win or lose. That’s why you want to memorize some vowel words for Wordle or any other game using words with exactly five letters.

  • Agape: When someone’s mouth is wide open due to surprise, shock or wonder.

  • Alien: Something that is strange, foreign or otherwise from another place.

  • Atone: To make amends for any faults or failures.

  • Augur: To foretell events by reading signs or omens.

  • Bayou: A marshy tributary of a larger body of water like a lake or river.

  • Cacao: A type of tree whose seeds are used to create chocolate.

  • Canoe: A long, narrow boat with pointed ends.

  • Elope: To run away in secret to get married.

  • Gauze: Any type of loosely woven cotton or silk-based material.

  • Goose: A type of long-necked waterfowl. 

  • Oxide: A compound created by mixing oxygen with another element or a radical.

  • Olive: The yellow-green fruit of an olive tree. 

  • Tiara: An ornamental headdress usually made of precious metals.

  • Voice: The sound made through the mouth by people to communicate.

Think Diphthongs

Breathe — this is good advice (especially if a tense game has you a little panicky) and an even better word to play. “Breathe” contains a word gamer’s best friend in vowel matters: the diphthong. A diphthong is two vowels working together as one. Diphthongs occur all over English, and they’re a perfect way to offload vowels. Other examples include

  • Frailty: The condition of being weak, literally or figuratively.

  • Moiety: A share of a part of a whole.

  • Reeling: To lose one's balance.

Remember the Silent E

Menage — the naughty implications of this French-origin word aside, “menage” just means household. More importantly, it has a silent E. The silent E at the end of many English words puts the language’s most used letter in the position most useful to word gamers, and it offloads a vowel in the process. Use them whenever you’ve got the chance to play some 3-vowel words on the next turn. For example:

  • Abide: To put up with something.

  • Apace: At a fast pace.

  • Vogue: Something that is popular or fashionable.

Play the QU Combo

The QU combination is the power play for any word gamer with too many vowels. The highest-scoring consonant in Words With Friends almost always needs a vowel to play. If you’ve got it, it’s a perfect opportunity to dispose of some other vowels too. Examples of this power couple include:

  • Acquit: To clear a person of a charge of wrongdoing.

  • Quaver: To shake or tremble from nervousness.

  • Queer: Peculiar or strange.

  • Quite: To a fairly significant degree.

Use Word Modifications

You can start off small and add on. For example, "real" only has two vowels. On the other hand, reality, realize, unreal and realizing all words with three vowels. That makes “real” a perfect example of how to get rid of pesky vowels through word modification. Start with the obvious, like adding “er” or “ing,” but also consider using our WordFinder tool to find forms of words that incorporate that small and simple starter and add prefixes and suffixes. For example:

  • Bear: Bearer, bearing, overbear

  • Plain: Complain, plainest, explain

  • Play: Replayed, playmate, playable

Work Those Vowel-Heavy Words

Word games are all about turning obstacles into opportunities. Three vowel words are no exception. The next time you draw a handful of E’s, A’s and low-value consonants in Scrabble, or you’re at risk of failing a puzzle in Wordle, use these tricks and make them work for you.


Matt Salter has been a professional writer for over 10 years. He is a gaming and technology expert, and world-class word nerd.

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