Type of site
Reference (dictionary, thesaurus, etc.)
Available in English
Owner Wordnik Society, Inc.
Created by Wordnik Society Inc.
Website www.wordnik.com
Alexa rank 21,469 (as of October 2015)[1]
Registration Optional
Users 81,556 (as of 20 January 2012)
Launched June 2009

Wordnik, a nonprofit organization, is an online English dictionary and language resource that provides dictionary and thesaurus content.[2] Some of the content is based on print dictionaries such as the Century Dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary, WordNet, and GCIDE. Wordnik has collected a corpus of billions of words which it uses to display example sentences, allowing it to provide information on a much larger set of words than a typical dictionary. Wordnik uses as many real example as possible when defining a word.[2][3]

Wiktionary, the free open dictionary project, is one major source of words and citations used by Wordnik.


Wordnik.com was launched as a closed beta in March 2009 and opened to all in June 2009.[4] Co-founders of the site are CEO Erin McKean, editorial director Grant Barrett, and chief computational lexicographer Orion Montoya. McKean, Barrett, and Montoya all formerly worked in the US Dictionaries Department of Oxford University Press.[5][6][7] In September 2009, Wordnik purchased the social language site Wordie.org. All Wordie.org accounts and data were subsequently transferred to Wordnik.[8]

Wordnik's material is sourced from the internet by automatic programs. It then shows readers the information regarding a certain word without any editorial influence.[3] Wordnik does not allow for user-contributed definitions but seems to assert that it may allow for this in the future.[2]

The company began a kickstarter campaign in 2015 with the purpose of finding and adding a million words to Wordnik that had not yet been included in major English dictionaries.[9]


As of 14 January 2012, Wordnik Zeitgeist reports that,[10]

Wordnik is billions of words, 971,860,842 example sentences, 6,925,967 unique words, 231,628 comments, 178,718 tags, 121,432 pronunciations, 77,736 favorites and 1,022,649 words in 32,703 lists created by 81,138 Wordniks.
Wordnik Zeitgeist


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