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Can you think of 9-letter word with no repeated letters? I’ll give you a minute or two.
If you never play with words (anagrams, crosswords, Codewords, games of Scrabble) it might take a while to come up with the first one, but once you do the next one might come much sooner, and if you give it ten minutes you might find that you’ve thought of 15, 20 or more. Or, if you never play with words, you might take a few minutes and then give up, or not bother yourself trying to think of any in the first place. What’s the point? For me, the point is to make your brain do something different for a while. If you try an exercise like this you might stop thinking of other things for a few minutes, and then you can come back to those other things with a different focus.
I started making note of these words a couple of years ago, after looking at a daily puzzle (“Mini Codeword”) in the Standard, London’s free evening newspaper. Apart from the Books page on a Thursday, and the Sport pages (which I flick through briefly), this puzzle is the main reason I pick up my free copy of the paper. The puzzle gives three clues to the 9-letter word that you’re looking for, in the form 123456789. Here’s an example:
15437 gives bards (i.e., and I don’t want to insult your intelligence here, it’s a word meaning “bards”)
739867 gives an old writing tool
391273 gives a keyboard user
In this case, the first and third clues look easier then the second.
The third clue has the same letter at the start and end, so it’s probably TYPIST. And the first clue looks like POETS, and they both share the letters T, P and S in the right places. This gives you the letters 12345_7_9, as follows: PITEO_S_Y
You can probably work out that the missing letters are U and L, to give the word PITEOUSLY, and as a double check that would make the answer to the second clue STYLUS, “an old writing tool”, so that looks right.
This puzzle appears 5 days a week, most weeks of the year, so in the two years that I have been looking at it there have been up to 500 different words. I have noticed some duplicate answers. There must be a limited number of 9-letter words, with no duplicate letters, in common usage.
There’s a list at the end of this piece. My aim was at least one word for every letter of the alphabet but as often happens with language and word puzzles I’ve got a bit carried away. There are 188 words, arranged into mostly meaningless 4-word phrases. Before I get there here’s the longest word in the English language with no repeated letters, 15 of them: UNCOPYRIGHTABLE. Yes, it’s a word, built out of COPYRIGHT (9 letters, no repeats), a prefix and a suffix.
And here’s that list, and every word features in either the Scrabble Official Dictionary or the Oxford English Dictionary:
Almsgiver Authoring Angelfish Anxiously
Anchovies Abolished Awestruck Ablutions
Alchemist Absolving Algorithm Amplitude
Blockhead Betraying Bleaching Benchmark
Bohemians Breathing Burnished Binocular
Birdcages Breaching Bifurcate Brimstone
Blackouts Broaching Brightens Breakdown
Campfires Capturing Curtained Cambering
Countries Contrived Captioned Cylinders
Costumier Companies Cremating Copyright
Compliant Compilers Chemistry Clampdown
Chandlers Cavorting Carousing Chortling
Dystopian Diplomats Deploying Dishwater
Decathlon Deviators Ducklings Discovery
Duplicate Driveways Declaring Durations
Earthling Employing Eucharist Exclusion
Falconers Fathering Fractious Fragments
Favourite Flagstone Furnished Farmhouse
Facetious Flounders Flavoured Farthings
Groundsel Garnished Grumpiest Greyhound
Gourmands Galumphed Gumshield Guardsmen
Hypocrite Hampering Hungriest Hamstring
Herbalist Hectoring Hypocaust Hangovers
Incurable Ignoramus Integrals Intervals
Jangliest Jokesmith Jockeying Jocundity
Kyboshing Keyboards Kvetching Knitwears
Liveryman Lecturing Locksmith Lunchtime
Masterful Makeshift Megaliths Manifesto
Merchants Marigolds Machinery Mavericks
Meltdowns Mothering Menstrual Megabucks
Nefarious Nostalgic Nightwear Normality
Overnight Orientals Ownership Oversight
Painterly Parchment Posturing Parsimony
Pinafores Producing Proactive Ponytails
Porcelain Preaching Practised Pectorals
Quavering Quelching Quatching Quackling
Randomize Revolting Rhapsodic Reactions
Regionals Recouping Relations Revulsion
Sprightly Subaltern Searching Scrubland
Swordplay Sparingly Sketching Supernova
Screaming Sparkling Snowdrift Something
Tenacious Tapeworms Trampling Triangles
Terminals Tarnished Trapezium Tramlines
Unearthly Uploading Universal Undershot
Vexatious Verbalist Vocalized Vainglory
Weaklings Welcoming Westbound Workbench
Xylograph Yearlings Youngster Zealotism
12 thoughts on “9-letter words with no repeated letters”
Three of these words have repeated letters (swordfish, anchoring, plentiful).
Well spotted. Thanks for this. Have changed the offending words (to Alchemist, Parsimony and Swordplay) and rearranged the relevant, mostly meaningless, 4-word phrases. “Breakfast” also made it into an earlier draft until I realized that it too has a repeated letter.
Playwright is 10 letters
Thanks for that. “Playwright” has been replaced with “Practised” (UK spelling).
And weakling is 8 letters
Thanks again. “Weakling” has been changed to “Weaklings” and I’ve put Excel to work counting through all the words to make sure that there are no more anomalies. “Carousel” (8 letters) was also in there, and that’s been replaced with “Cambering”.
I have another word-abolisher
Thanks for this list! It helped me do a personal wordoku project on my sudoku website. A couple of more 9 letter words: policeman, masculine.
Incubates, incubated, incubator
Your compilation is amazing! Can you tell me how many 9-letter heterograms there are? What program did you run to find them? Thanks!
Great list SJ, also entered this page for same reason as @Harold above.
Am designing my own “Go Dokku” (viz. latter’s wordoku puzzles) too.
I discovered this resource below, minutes ago, extensive lists – sampled
autopsied … awestruck
In one puzzle I was using “horsetail”, wanted anagrams of this, first search
gave 3 words one of which now eludes me. Couldn’t find that page again – now I cannot get that challenge out of my head to find it (at the moment I have the two: isotheral and aeroliths).
Maybe readers can help … ?
I looked up the three 9L words’ meanings when I first found them – the mystery word had a medical meaning I remember, something to do with hormone or estrogen supplement for women.
This word came to me days later, it’s not correct but I think it was something like this
Hence my search on /9s words, there are even more than /9a words, so 333 words available starting with a and s (latter nice – no s – plurals)
it would’ve been here if correct
sequacity ### serotinal
sublimate … subrogate
oh and one last find from there