Lingo Likes: Reverse Dictionaries!


If you’ve ever tried to craft the perfect description but couldn’t find the right word, then you’ll probably be interested in today’s site Lingo likes…

Lingo, the Reading Kingdom owl flies throughout the internet to find the best websites for kids, parents and educators to expand their vocabulary and that’s why the site we like this week is OneLook®.  Here’s more about them from their website:


“OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. Just type it into the box above and hit the “Find words” button. Keep it short to get the best results. In most cases you’ll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first.

How does it work?

OneLook indexes hundreds of online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference sites. By now you may have used the standard search available from the home page, which shows you a list of definition links for any word you type in. This is the reverse: Here we search our references for words that have definitions conceptually similar to the words you search for. We do this using a motley assortment of statistical language processing hacks.”

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