The web is full of websites on vocabulary: good, bad and ugly. Here are six of my favourite free vocabulary websites that I think are useful for teachers and students alike:


  1. Describing Words 

This website has a simple premise: punch in a noun and you get countless descriptive words, with a helpful sort for ‘frequency’ and for ‘uniqueness’.



This bumper website has lots of uses, from a dictionary and countless vocabulary questions. My favourite aspect of the website is the lists facility, which has lots of brilliant applications for teachers to use.



This website freely does what it says on the tin: creating interesting graphic visuals for your word choices.


4. Online Etymology Dictionary

I use this website a lot in my teaching. With a quick search, you can gain accessible word histories (alongside some very interesting articles).


5. Freerice. 

This unique website is a trusty activity for form time or for some vocabulary-related quizzing. The premise of ‘free rice’ sees correct quiz answers activity the World Food Programme donate grains of rice to help end hunger.

6. Word Sift

This website is another very helpful tool that can visualise and ‘sift’ passages of text in helpful ways. From creating word-clouds based on word frequency, to then unpicking key words and connecting them together, this website has lots of interesting applications for vocabulary learning.


Do share any of your free favourites in the comments section. If you want to read more about vocabulary in the classroom, my new book ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap‘ is available at Amazon HERE and Routledge HERE.