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

Wordnik.com is an online English dictionary and language resource that provides dictionary and thesaurus content, some of it 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.

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 comers in June 2009.[2] 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.[3][4][5] In September 2009, Wordnik purchased social language site Wordie.org. All Wordie.org accounts and data were subsequently transferred to Wordnik.[6]


As of 14 January 2012, Wordnik Zeitgeist reports that,[7]


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  2. "Old-School Word Nerds Meet The Digital Age". CBS News. 2009-06-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Erin McKean launches Wordnik – the revolutionary online dictionary". TED Blog. 2009-06-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Online dictionary is lexicography's answer to the Swiss Army knife". Calgary Herald. 2009-06-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Ali, Rafat (2009-07-08). "Online Dictionary Site Wordnik Gets $3.7 Million Funding". Washington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Wordnik & Wordie: Moving Day!". Official Wordnik Blog. 2009-11-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Wordnik Zeitgeist". Wornik, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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