Wordle words: The best 5-letter words to start your game

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Are you addicted to Wordle yet? The delightfully simple daily online puzzle where you have to guess the correct five-letter word has got everyone talking. Many are discussing tactics when it comes to your all-important first guess – so we’ve analysed the best five-letter starting words.

In case you haven’t played it yet, Wordle is a brainteaser game where players have to work out a five-letter word in up to six guesses.

When it comes to starting a game of Wordle, everyone has their own technique.

Some people like to play the same starting word each game, whereas others prefer to mix it up each time they play Wordle.

So, what are the best tactical words to get your Wordle game off to the best start?

Plenty of vowels

When figuring out the five-letter word, you could start with what the vowels will be, given every word needs a vowel.

Although you may not get the letters in the correct order, you’ll be able to figure out which vowels are in the word and start guessing based on those.

Playing ADIEU first covers every vowel apart from O.

OUIJA will also cover four out of five vowels.

AUDIO, AULOI and URAIE could also help to reveal the vowels you’re searching for.

Most common letters

You could take another tactic and try to use words incorporating the most commonly used letters in the English alphabet.

Analysis of the Concise Oxford Dictionary by Lexico.com found the 10 most used letters are:

1 – E
2 – A
3 – R
4 – I
5 – O
6 – T
7 – N
8 – S
9 – L
10 – C

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Judging by this analysis, strong five-letter starting words for Wordle might include words made up of those ten letters.

Wordle is fairly random, so there’s no guarantee the word will contain any of these letters, but statistically, they are more likely to appear in the five-letter word.

There are many words to choose from, including any of those from the list below organised alphabetically.

Words beginning with A

Acnes, acoin, acorn, acres, actor, aeons, aires, aisle, alert, alien, alone, alter, anise, antes, antic, arise, arose, arson, aster, astir, atone.

Words beginning with C

Cairn, calor, caner, canes, canoe, canto, cants, cares, carol, carts, caste, cater, cents, cites, clans, clean, clear, cleat, clone, close, clots, coals, coast, coats, coils, coins, colas, colts, cones, coral, corns, crane, crate, crest, cries, crone.

Words beginning with E

Earls, earns, enact, enrol.

Words beginning with I

Intel, icons, ictal, incas, inert, inlet, inset, inter, intra, intro, iotas, irate, irons, islet.

Words beginning with L

Latin, lacer, laces, lairs, lance, lanes, laser, later, leans, leant, learn, least, liars, liner, lines, lints, lions, litre/liter (Wordle uses US English), loans, loins, loner, loris, loser.

Words beginning with N

Nails, nares, nates, nears, nicer, noise, noser, notal, notes, notre.

Words beginning with O

Ocean, octal, oiler, onset, orals, orate.

Words beginning with R

Races, rails, rains, raise, rants, rates, ratio, react, reins, relic, renal, rents, resin, resit, riles, rinse, riots, risen, rites, roast, roils, roles, rotas.

Words beginning with S

Saint, salic, salon, satin, scale, scant, scare, scent, scone, score, scorn, since, siren, slain, slant, slate, slice, snail, snare, snarl, snore, snort, solar, sonar, sonic, stain, stair, stale, stare, steal, stein, stern, stile, stoic, stole, stone, store.

Words beginning with T

Tacos, tails, tales, talon, tears, tenor, tiers, tiler, tiles, tires, toils, tonal, toner, tones, tonic, trace, trail, train, trial, tries, trine.

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