WordWeb Dictionary Reference App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: English

Seller: Antony Lewis

- Updates and bug fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
17 Ratings
All Versions:
8107 Ratings


The WordWeb English dictionary and thesaurus: fast searching, spelling suggestions, definitions, usage examples, synonyms, related words - and no adverts. An offline audio version is available separately.

The comprehensive WordWeb dictionary database includes:

- 285,000 words, phrases and derived forms
- 225,000 word sense definitions
- 70,000 usage examples
- 85,000 text pronunciations
- Synonyms, similar and related words
- N. American, British, Australian and international English

A version with 70,000 professionally recorded audio pronunciations is available as a separate product.

The intelligent word entry suggests possible correct spellings as you type, as well as listing words that sound the same or are often confused.

Additional features include the ability to drill down on any word in a definition, full bookmark support and history.

Search features include:

- Alphabetical listing
- Spelling suggestions
- Sounds-like and often-confused
- Fast pattern-matching search (*, ?, vowel and consonant)
- Filter search results by noun, verb, adjective, adverbs
- Customize search options (case, derived forms, etc)

Is it better than dictionary.com? Judge for yourself!

No Internet connection is required to use WordWeb, and it's free.

Chambers dictionary and thesaurus are also available, and you can cross-reference to both Chambers and old Oxford dictionary apps from WordWeb.

Customer Reviews

  • Good app

    by Mr. Moh

    Seems good to me

  • Great

    by Pixely12

    Love having this available offline. Thanks

  • Vinod

    by Venkata Vinod

    Really handy

  • Best dictionary for my iphone and PC laptop

    by Daniel Zemichael

    Best dictionary app out there. I'm a long time user of the Windows version of this app. I'm glad they have it for ios devices too.

  • Pretty good

    by rnzh

    I like it.

  • Useful

    by Frend71

    I like this dictionary because this app gives me some useful information bout words that others do not give.

  • Excellent!!

    by Haider Yarub

    Very useful app. Thanks

  • Great app

    by akcme

    An everyday companion :-)

  • Neel

    by Nlpatel79

    Really owe some app.

  • Excellent, Love it

    by RoyRogers56

    Review update: Best dictionary app out there. Developer very responsive: small hitch with first iOS7 version that did not sync bookmarks, is now fixed in latest update of 2013-12-02. Now five stars! Keep up the good work!

  • Best in the class

    by Crazy Horses that run fast

    This is awesome dictionary. Absolutely the best!!!

  • No ads

    by badgolferman

    Wordweb is what I use on my PC and I'm thrilled it's available on iPhone. No ads and comprehensive database.

  • Best Available

    by jevoislettres

    I am a retired writer/editor. In addition, I have taught almost 40 college writing courses. WordWeb is simply the best dictionary/thesaurus combination software I have found. Not only did I recommend it for years to my students, I continue to use it exclusively for my creative fiction now. What's so elegant about this software is its single interface for both dictionary and thesaurus. A single entry returns just about everything you could possibly want to know about the word. The software even makes suggestions if I hopelessly mangle the spelling. And when my writing vocabulary exceeds my speaking vocabulary (often!), WordWeb gives me the pronunciation of the word. I also like the ability (in Windows, anyway) to open Word on one side of the monitor and WordWeb on the other. IPad's recent upgrade makes multitasking between Pages and WordWeb as easy. I am glad to have spellcheckers embedded in programs, but I find them both incomplete and inaccessible. WordWeb solves this problem. I fully recommend this software, but do buy the full version. It's well worth the money.

  • Love it

    by Robert oppenheimer


  • Nice!

    by mingsterr

    Nice update!

  • Missing a key feature, pattern matching falls short

    by Jake1011

    I need help with solving crosswords. A key feature is to be able to enter a "?" for each missing letter, even if the missing letter is at the beginning or end of a word. The pattern matching in this app ignores the number of "?", and there doesn't appear to be any difference between a "?" and an "*" - the former is used to indicate exactly one missing letter, the latter is a wildcard for multiple letters. Fix this, and you get five stars!

  • Awsome

    by Engr. Atiii

    The best dictonary i had ever used ..... Love the look, vocabulary & explanation

  • Needed

    by Dujaco 808

    This should come standard with iDevices. It's natural, no BS ads, and it's deadly fast because it's all offline (good for iPods and iPads) as a bibliophile, I use this daily.

  • Awesome

    by Imran M

    Has yet to let me down. I love the coverage of words and the straightforwardness. The most reliable app on my iPod and perhaps the most useful. Use it a lot. Keep up the good work.

  • Near perfect - plz change icon!

    by Terrestrial

    But why no etymology? New icon is awful... Graphic downgrade.

  • Sad

    by Floored718

    Poor reliability on definitions, just look up this apps definition of alchemy or conservative for just a start. I honestly believe the editors are just guessing, making up or are deliberately skewing definitions. Sad, just sad.

  • be aware of in-app purchases

    by hrn1729

    The application is good. But you will have to pay for Thesaurus and Chambers dictionary. Now it becomes expensive. Somehow the developer managed to hide in-app purchases from Apple so that you don't see this "feature" until you install the app.

  • Simple but powerful design, easy to use.

    by SolidLiquidAir

    Simple but powerful. Easy to use.

  • Reasonable dictionary, NOT a thesaurus

    by ABR3434

    This app performs well as a basic English dictionary (which I don't know why Apple doesn't include on iOS devices like it does on Macs), but despite advertising as such, there is no thesaurus function. There's some kind of "show synonyms" switch in the preferences, but it doesn't really do anything. If you've paid for another, real, thesaurus app, you can set this app up to link you there, but nothing gets shown inside THIS app.

  • Very handy

    by Go2venky

    The best reference/ look-up I've used. Always got the word meaning, good examples and illustrations.

  • Reno Gary

    by Reno Gary

    Easy to use.

  • Great app.

    by Lu~is

    Great application. Very neat how words are defined beyond general definition; words may have definitions for when it's being used as a noun, verb, adjective, and etc. Definitely one of the better dictionary apps around.

  • best dic web

    by sh han

    the most useful, easiest dictionary app i ve ever used

  • Fast and powerful

    by SG NY

    Great English offline dictionary, the fastest with no ads. Drawbacks: Layout of buttons is not that intuitive, and new app icon is bad.

  • Very helpful app

    by joconnel

    This app is really easy to use and has thorough definitions and descriptions of usage. I use it all the time!

  • Really good, love it!

    by Marina2013

    It helps me a lot with words i don't quite understand and it's easy to use.

  • Great English dictionary

    by ForeverStrongxD

    Internet connection is not required and is really helpful XD

  • Iman

    by Iman Aboutalebi

    Very usefull!

  • Has become my everyday reference for English language, great app

    by D_or 2000

    Has become my everyday reference for English language, great app.

  • It doesn't come with a thesaurus as advertised

    by Handlikeafiveleggedspider

    You have to " buy" it. That is plain below the belt bs.

  • by Colinblue55

    Best app ever! It really helps my son do his homework and non-inappropriate! I think this is my only app that I wrote a review on! Keep up on the job! PS. I am a teacher

  • Question

    by Fidovkakf

    This is useful and can come in handy. But does it require Internet?

  • Thanks!

    by LindaClaudine

    This was the fourth dictionary app I downloaded, but the first to at least provide a link to the word not included (as well as assuring me I the correct spelling: my main purpose for desiring the app as mobile search engines limit pages used, so hate to have to delete current research page just to look up word). NONE of the rest had "inbibe," which while you had no definition, it came up showing me I had indeed spelled it correctly & provided a links if I desired something further. Great job (and I rarely write reviews of apps, so NOT faint praise). I will check out any other apps you may have.

  • Easy, Well-designed, Helpful, Functional

    by Rahul1414

    I've been using this for years now, pretty much exclusively. It's the only dictionary I use on my iPhone, and the only one I will need because of its great functionality and user-friendly interface. Also that no Internet connection is required for the standard dictionary is perhaps its best feature. Great job.

  • Excellent. Use it almost daily.

    by Love Never Fails

    No crashes and intuitive UI. I think I have found an error in the definition for "rhizotomy": it reads that the sensory nerves are located in the anterior portion of the spinal cord and that the motor nerves originate in posterior parts. The opposite is actually true.

  • Very good dictionary

    by ReviewerМария

    I like it. It works for me

  • Just what I wanted.

    by TPK2RPh

    Love it and no ads. Thank you.

  • Spectacular

    by cristian rayo

    This app isn't like other apps. This dictionary app doesn't need Internet nor help suggestions. I recommend this app to you guys.

  • GREAT resource

    by Derrickjac

    I'm constantly looking words up. I have the desktop app as well. Both are excellent. Replace your dictionary apps with this one. It's great!

  • Superb mind expander

    by evolute99

    Best free reference app available. Bookmark option is very valuable to any reader.

  • Fantastic EFL resource

    by Erisedilla

    I can't believe this app is free. It's very thorough, fast, offline, and gives things like word origin, related words and a great thesaurus, which are all excellent resources for EFL speakers. I'm definitely recommending this app to all of my students!

  • Pay $3.99 for audio

    by DatSquid

    I hate getting an app that looks great and has all that you want, then get a page saying "upgrade" or "get this for only x amount". It does what all the other regular dictionaries do but to hear an audio of the word is $3.99. I think that's a rip off! A company or whatever can be all great and you love it but if they ever try, even one time, to get me to pay extra, it completely changes my opinion of them.

  • Best dictionary only if

    by CQSC

    I love this app. I use it so much that I put it on the bottom of my iPhone screen so I can access it anytime when I read. I wish it could have a history of the words I looked up. That can enhance tremendously the learning new words instead of just understanding them than forgetting them right away.

  • Best Dictionary app

    by Harish Bepokerst

    I think it was already mentioned but I like to reiterate the point that its the only good and free dictionary app which is AD-FREE!

  • Crazy good!

    by Jon_90

    Favorite dictionary app. Lightweight but feature-full, therefore awesome. This app has literally been the FIRST app in my home screen for 2 years. My vocabulary has grown significantly in that timeframe, so I'd say the app is effective.

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