Three-letter words are the foundation of English — try saying a sentence or two without using and, the, you, or any other common three-letter word. Whether you’re playing word games like Scrabble or looking for the perfect one-syllable word, we’ve listed more options than you’ll know what to do with.
Common 3-Letter Words
We’ve already used over a dozen three-letter words and haven’t even gotten to our lists yet! These three-letter words are the ones you use and hear every day. We’ve separated them by parts of speech to help you find exactly what you need.
3-Letter Adjectives, Adverbs and Articles
From adjectives that describe to adverbs that modify, there’s no shortage of three-letter words in these categories.
3-Letter Articles, Conjunctions Interjections, and Prepositions
All of these types of words help connect sentences and thoughts.
Nouns are people, places, things, or ideas.
3- Letter Pronouns
Pronouns are words that replace nouns in a sentence.
Verbs express an action or occurrence.
Cool and Unusual 3-Letter Words
While three-letter words are common, there are a few you may not have heard of in everyday conversation.
Great 3-Letter Words for Scrabble Games
If all you really want to do is win your next Scrabble game, use these three-letter words that include high-value letters like “w,” “x” and “z.”
fax (13 points)
fix (13 points)
adz (13 points)
fez (15 points)
hex (13 points)
jay (13 points)
jow (13 points)
kex (14 points)
pyx (15 points)
vex (13 points)
wax (13 points)
zek (16 points)
zax (19 points)
zuz (21 points)
zzz (30 points)
3 Letters FTW
Even words as short as three letters long can make you sound smart. Boost your vocabulary and your word game wins with even more word lists.