Scrabble Word Finder – find high scoring words

Find words that start with these letters (e.g. T ⇒ Train, TH ⇒ THought)
Find words that end with these letters (e.g. T ⇒ carT, TH ⇒ paTH)
Find words that contain letters in this order (e.g. TH ⇒ THought, paTH, eTHos)
Only shows words of a specific length (e.g. 5 ⇒ 5 letter words, 3 ⇒ 3 letter words)

This tool will help you find words that you can play in a live game of Scrabble (which may or may not be cheating) or even help you learn new words that you can use to win your next game of Scrabble.

Our tool is very easy to use but it does have some advanced options. The full instructions on how to use the Scrabble Word Finder are below. But, what the tool essentially does is return a list of the highest-scoring words available in Scrabble, based upon the letters that you have on your Scrabble rack.

WordsRated’s Word Finder can help with many other word games, so don’t miss the opportunity to check it out and start earning those points!

How to use the Scrabble WordFinder

  1. Input Your Letters:
    • Use the “letters” field to enter the letters from your Scrabble rack, and click the “Submit” button to get all the possible words you can play.
    • This is the most basic way to use the tool. However, the tool possesses some advanced functions that can narrow down your search.
  2. Advanced Filtering: other fields from the tool can help with filtering out the results according to your requirements:
    • Use “starts with” or “ends with” fields to limit results to words fitting the criteria.
    • Use the “length” field to Input a specific word length, and the tool will only display words of that length. This is especially useful if you’re trying to score bingo, in which case you’ll set a word length to 7.
    • Utilize the “excludes” field to eliminate words containing a specific letter.
    • Use the “contains” field to see only words with a particular letter, or sequence of letters (e.g., by imputing “ed” in this field, the tool will return only those words that contain this sequence).
  3. Sorting and Grouping:
    • By default, the words are sorted by length, from longest to shortest, and by potential points they carry in the game (excluding bonus points).
    • You can always change the sorting priority, whether alphabetical, length, or the number of points carried in the game.

For starters, you can take a look at our words list to get some inspiration for the game, without “cheating” with the tool:

How to play Scrabble?

  1. The setup:
    • The game is played on a board, which usually presents a 15×15 square grid, with each square holding a spot for one letter. In total, there are 225 squares on the Scrabble board, 
    • Each player draws seven letter tiles from the bag to start. There is a total of 100 tiles in Scrabble, 98 containing a letter and 2 empty tiles that serve as wildcards but carry 0 points.
    • The game can accommodate between 2 and 4 players, with the 2-player set being the most common. In tournaments, the game is mostly played in teams of 2 players who play on the same rack.
    • Players decide who goes first, often by drawing tiles (closest to “A” in the alphabet) or rolling a die, with the highest number starting first.
    • The first player places a word on the board, crossing the center square.
  2. Gameplay:
    • Players take turns forming words on the board using their tiles. Words must be formed either vertically or horizontally, connecting to existing words on the board, and each player’s word must use at least one letter from an existing word on the board.
    • Players can build off existing words to create new ones. For example, if one player plays the word “cool”, another player can add “er” to it and make the word “cooler”. The player is rewarded the points for the whole word, not just the letters they added.
    • If a player is not happy with the tile he currently possesses, they can exchange any number of letters from the existing tile with new letters from the bag. However, by doing this, the player forfeits their turn.
    • After each turn, players replenish their rack to seven tiles from the bag.
    • The game continues until all tiles are drawn from the bag and one player uses all their tiles, or no more legal moves are possible.
  3. Scoring:
    • Each letter has a point value based on its rarity in the vocabulary, ranging from 1 point for 10 most common letters to 10 points for letters Q and Z.
    • Players score points based on the total value of the letters in their word. Some squares on the board double or triple the value of the letters or the entire word.
    • Additionally, the player who used all their tiles receives points for the tiles left in their opponents’ racks at the end of the game.
  4. Challenges:
    • Players can challenge an opponent’s played word if they believe it’s invalid. Once that happens, the players will check if the given word is in the Scrabble dictionary.
    • If the challenged word is invalid, the player removes their tiles from the board and forfeits their turn. However, If the word is valid, the challenger forfeits their turn.
  5. Endgame:
    • Every player summarizes their score by adding all points from the formed words and subtracting the value of letters left in their respective tiles. The player with the highest score wins.

History of Scrabble – milestones

  • 1931: Alfred M. Butts, an architect, crafted a game based on crossword puzzles and anagrams, originally called “Criss Cross.”
  • 1938: Butts revised and refined the game, amalgamating elements from enduring games—board games, number games, and letter games. He determined tile frequencies based on letter appearances in popular publications.
  • 1948: James Brunot, inspired by Butts’ creation, collaborated to redesign and market the game, renaming it “Scrabble.” Brunot introduced the iconic color scheme, devised the 50-point bonus for using all seven tiles in a word, and christened the game “Scrabble.”
  • 1952: Macy’s decision to stock Scrabble catapulted its popularity. Brunot’s assembly line produced over 2,000 sets weekly. 
  • 1954: Nearly 4 million copies of the game were sold in this year alone.
  • 1971: The rights to Scrabble were sold to Selchow & Righter. Brunot and Butts received substantial royalties from the sale.
  • 1993: Mattel acquired the international rights to Scrabble, leading to a peculiar split in the game’s online presence between Hasbro and Mattel.
  • 1994: Hasbro, the game’s current producer, faced controversy when they proposed removing around 200 words from the official Scrabble dictionary due to their offensive nature. Hasbro later published two dictionaries—one for recreational play and the other for tournaments—with varying word counts, including “questionable” terms.
  • 2023: Scrabble is on the most popular word games, with over 150 million sets of the games being sold worldwide. The game is played in over 120 countries and translated in more than 30 languages.

Scrabble tile values

The values of each individual letter in Scrabble is determined by its frequency of use in English, or any of the 30 Scrabble languages. For the US Scrabble, here is the amount of points that each letter brings:

  • 1 Point: A, E, I, L, N, O, R, S, T, U
  • 2 Points: D, G
  • 3 Points: B, C, M, P
  • 4 Points: F, H, V, W, Y
  • 5 Points: K
  • 8 Points: J, X
  • 10 Points: Q, Z

Naturally, the most frequent letters have the most playing cubes in the game, while the rares and most valuable letters have the smallest number of cubes:

  • 12 tiles: E
  • 9 tiles: A, I
  • 8 tiles: O
  • 6 tiles: N, R, T
  • 4 tiles: L, S, U
  • 3 tiles: D, G
  • 2 tiles: B, C, M, P, F, H, V, W, Y
  • 1 tile: J, K, Q, X, Z, Blank (wildcard)

What is bingo in Scrabble?

In Scrabble, a “bingo” refers to when a player uses all seven of their tiles in a single turn to create a word. This move not only clears the player’s rack entirely but also earns a significant bonus, usually 50 points in addition to the points earned from the word itself.

These are some of the most valuable potential bingo moves in the game’s history:

  • Highest Scoring 7-Letter Bingo: “MUZJIKS”, which achieves 128 points if the Z is placed on a double letter score.
  • Highest Scoring 8-Letter Bingo
  • Collins: “QUIZZIFY” (utilizing a blank instead of one Z). This word scores 419 points on two triple-word squares with the Z on a double letter square.
  • TWL (without a blank): “QUINZHEE”, which yields 401 points when played across two triple-word squares.
  • Lowest Possible Score for a Bingo: 56
  • Highest Possible Score for a Bingo: “OXYPHENBUTAZONE”. This is, theoretically, the highest number of points a player can score in one Scrabble move. It caries 1785 points in ideal circumstances, but it’s extremely unlikely it will ever be played.
  • Most Probable Bingos Based on Tile Frequency (SOWPODS dictionary): OTARINE, NOTAIRE, ETAERIO

How popular is Scrabble?

Up until the emergence of Wordle in 2022, Scrabble was the most popular word game played across the world. It’s popularity remains very high even today, trailing only Wordle:

  • Since 2010, the peak popularity of Scrabble was in January 2012.
  • The peak year for Scrabble over this period was 2011, as the popularity rose as the year progressed, peaking in early 2012.
  • After 2011 and 2012, another peak in the game’s worldwide popularity came in 2020, which was an excellent year for games in general amid the pandemic outbreak and frequent lockdowns.
  • As of 2024, the popularity of Scrabble remains at around 42% of the peak year 2012.
YearAverage Scrabble popularity (based on Google Trends data)