Words With Double Letters

If you really sit and think about it, how many words with double letters can you think of from your memory alone? Double-letter words are words which contain at least one set of letters used twice consecutively to make a certain sound, usually used in the emphasized syllable in the word containing them.

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Double-Letter Words Are Common

Did you even realize that to this point you've already read nine double-letter words since you started reading this article? Does that make you happy, or do you simply think it's silly? After realizing just how common they can be, you'd probably be surprised to see the list of words you use in your everyday communication that have double letters.

Double-Letter Words With 3 Letters

Even though three-letter words are very short, they can definitely be words that have two identical letters in a row. There are a surprising number of words with three letters that feature double letters.

add

all

app

ass

bee

boo

coo

ebb

eel

egg

ell

err

fee

foo

goo

hee

hmm

ill

inn

lee

nee

odd

off

oof

roo

see

tee

too

wee

zoo

Double-Letter Words With 4 Letters

Among the many, many four-letter words in the English language, quite a few of them feature double letters.

ball

been

beep

beer

beet

bell

book

boom

boot

bull

butt

call

cell

cook

cool

coon

dekk

doll

doom

door

fall

feed

feel

fell

feet

food

fool

foot

full

fuss

gall

gull

hall

heed

heel

hell

hill

hood

hoof

hoop

hoot

hull

jeep

keel

keen

keep

knee

less

mall

mood

need

pall

pass

peed

peek

peel

pill

pizza

poll

poof

pool

poor

reed

reef

reel

roll

rood

room

root

sass

seed

seek

seem

seen

seep

seer

sell

sill

soon

soot

tall

teed

teem

teen

tell

toll

tool

wall

watt

weed

week

weep

well

Double-Letter Words With 5 Letters

Quite a few five-letter words include double letters. Some, such as latte, are heavily influenced or created solely by other languages. Some are simply a plural form of four-letter words that include double letters, like weeks or tools.

abyss

achoo

added

addle

agree

allay

amass

annex

array

atoll

baggy

balls

betta

bless

bliss

bluff

bossy

bunny

chess

chill

class

cliff

comma

crass

daily

dizzy

dolly

dress

drill

dwell

fizzy

floor

floss

fluff

fully

funny

gabby

gloss

grass

grill

gross

gruff

happy

heeled

henna

hurry

igloo

inner

kazoo

knoll

latte

lolly

lotto

melee

messy

missy

offer

patty

penne

piggy

posse

press

puree

quell

quill

rummy

runny

rupee

scoff

scuff

shall

silly

sissy

skiff

skill

skull

small

smell

spell

spoon

spree

staff

stall

steel

stiff

still

stuff

sunny

swell

tabby

taboo

taffy

three

tools

trees

trill

troll

tummy

weeks

wheel

whoop

yahoo

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Double-Letter Words With 6 Letters

There are a lot of six-letter words that contain double letters in the English language, largely because of the fact that, in most cases, a six-letter word requires at least two vowels in order for the word to work.

accept

across

addle

affair

affect

annual

appeal

appear

arrive

asleep

assess

assume

attack

baboon

bamboo

battle

beeped

beetle

better

boogie

breeze

bubble

button

called

cannot

cheese

choose

cocoon

coffee

common

cookie

cooler

cotton

creepy

degree

doodle

esteem

feeble

feeder

ferry

follow

fooled

frilly

gallop

geezer

gloomy

goggle

goober

grabby

granny

groove

heeded

heeler

hookah

indeed

juggle

keeper

killed

lagoon

latter

letter

litter

loofah

manner

mutter

needle

noodle

pepped

rabbit

really

school

screen

seeded

seemed

shrill

smooth

speech

spooky

stalls

street

summer

teepee

tennis

toffee

unless

vacuum

valley

weeded

weekly

weenie

wiener

wheels

yellow

Longer Double-Letter Words

With so many prefixes and suffixes in the English language, turning a simple six-letter word into a much longer word with double letters becomes quite easy. For instance, the word communicate is a double-letter word that can be made significantly longer by adding a prefix and a suffix to make a different word, like excommunication. Of course, some double-letter words are simply lengthy on their own.

account

accused

address

alleged

appealing

applied

arranged

arrival

assault

assumed

assumption

assured

attempt

attract

baggies

beekeeper

between

billion

blossom

bookkeeper

bubbles

bunnies

business

calling

channel

classic

collection

command

comment

commentator

communicate

communication

current

disagree

discuss

dressage

excommunicate

express

feelings

filling

fitness

follower

freedom

funnies

glitter

goggled

goggles

grasshopper

greetings

illness

installation

killing

littler

massage

message

mission

missionary

moonlight

noodles

passage

passenger

passing

proceed

processing

procession

rubbish

session

shelled

shuffle

shuffled

shuffles

spaghetti

starring

steeled

supposed

tresses

tummies

village

warring

weekend

wheedle

willing

witness

written

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Words That Start With Double Letters

There are a few words that begin with double letters.

aardvark

eerie

eek

eel

llama

ooh

oops

ooze

oozing

Words That End With Double Letters

There are quite a lot of words that end with double letters.

abyss

access

across

agree

amass

amiss

assess

bamboo

bass

befall

bill

boss

brass

buff

bungee

buzz

bypass

caress

cell

chaff

chess

cross

cuckoo

cuff

cull

cutoff

decree

degree

dill

dress

dull

duress

egress

emcee

enroll

entree

excess

fess

fill

flee

free

fuzz

gall

gee

ghee

gill

glass

glee

grill

guess

harass

hiss

jazz

jinn

kill

kiss

knell

krill

lass

layoff

levee

loss

lull

melee

mess

mill

miss

morass

moss

mutt

null

pall

pass

payee

payoff

poll

puff

pull

puree

purr

putt

quell

quill

recall

recess

refill

riff

runoff

scoff

scroll

sniff

snuff

spill

stiff

still

stress

stroll

tariff

tattoo

tell

thee

thrall

thrill

tiff

till

too

toss

tree

troll

truss

twill

unwell

uphill

voodoo

Words With 2 Sets of Double Letters

Some words have pairs of double letters.

aggression

aggressive

balloon

bassoon

bitterness

bittersweet

buffoon

buttress

cappuccino

coffee

commission

commissioner

coolly

decommission

embarrass

foodstuff

foolishness

football

fricassee

fuzzball

happiness

lessee

mattress

millennium

misspell

misspelled

misspelling

mollycoddle

riffraff

sappiness

settee

sloppiness

suffragette

taffeta

teepee

toffee

Words With 3 Sets of Double Letters

Believe it or not, there are even some words that contain three sets of double letters!

addressee

aggressiveness

barrenness

bookkeeper

bookkeeping

cheerlessness

committee

greenness

heedlessness

keenness

possessiveness

sleeplessness

stubbornness

subcommittee

suddenness

sullenness

unsuccessfully

whippoorwill

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Word Size Doesn't Matter

Because of the different phonetic sounds made by every letter in the English alphabet (the Spanish alphabet has its own sets of double letters to pronounce certain sounds, like “aa” and “ll”), double letters are necessary to emphasize certain sounds within words, and to ensure the word is pronounced correctly. For example, if the word letter only had one “t”, it would sound like a completely different word that has a completely different meaning.

  • There is no size requirement for a word to contain a double-letter sequence, or limit to how large a word can be.
  • Words with double letters in the English language can range from three letters to any amount of letters.
  • In fact, the larger the word, the better chance you'll have of seeing at least one double-letter pairing.

Recognizing Double-Letter Words

Now that you have had the frequency of these words brought to your attention, you can see just how often they occur in your daily communication, and why they are important to the phonetics of the English language. Words with double letters are some of the most frequently used and seldom noticed types of words that people use in everyday speech, whether the communication is written or expressed verbally.

Try to take note, for one full day, of all of the words you use that contain double letters. Chances are you'll be surprised. While you’re thinking in twos, move on to explore examples of words with multiple meanings.