/ (wɜːdz) /

pl n
  1. the text of a part of an actor, etc

  2. the text or lyrics of a song, as opposed to the music

  1. angry speech (esp in the phrase have words with someone)

  2. eat one's words to retract a statement

  3. for words (preceded by too and an adjective or adverb) indescribably; extremely: the play was too funny for words

  4. have no words for to be incapable of describing

  5. in other words expressing the same idea but differently

  6. in so many words explicitly or precisely

  7. of few words not talkative

  8. of many words talkative

  9. put into words to express in speech or writing as well as thought

  10. say a few words to give a brief speech

  11. take the words out of someone's mouth to say exactly what someone else was about to say

  12. words fail me I am too happy, sad, amazed, etc, to express my thoughts

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How to use words in a sentence

  • He prepared a glossary of provincial and archological words, intended for a supplement to Johnson's Dictionary.

  • This wasn't at all what he meant to say, and it sounded very ridiculous; but somehow the words wouldn't come straight.

    Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
  • On the morning after Ramona's disappearance, words had been spoken by each which neither would ever forget.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • She kept her eyes fixed steadily on his, saying what followed gently, calmly, yet as though another woman spoke the words.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • The Senora Moreno's heart broke within her, when those words passed her lips to her adored Felipe.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson