Definition of word game in English:

word game

noun

  • A game involving the making, guessing, or selection of words.

    • ‘I'm glad you liked the word game bit, I wasn't sure about it but you've quieted any worries I had.’
    • ‘Thinking quickly, the waiter says: ‘Let's play a word game.’’
    • ‘I've never understood this obnoxious word game.’
    • ‘Often, I like to compose a full, short program [a word game, perhaps, where you guess letters in so many tries] to get the hang of things.’
    • ‘This place is not a destination in a romantic war novel; it is not a clever word game or an edgy call to arms.’
    • ‘Rouse asked 82 students to complete a personality test and then spend two hours online playing a word game and chatting with the other players.’
    • ‘In addition, doing word games like crossword puzzles and taking classes to learn new skills can help keep your mind sharp.’
    • ‘She is constantly studying and she plays games - word games, parlour games and card games, to keep her mind sharp.’
    • ‘Crosswords are perhaps the most obvious example of a solitary word game.’
    • ‘The scientist's perception of philosophy is that all too much of it is a variation on the above theme, that a philosophical analysis is a sterile word game played in a state of mental muddle.’
    • ‘That's not a plan or a solution; it's a word game.’
    • ‘Among the several hundred finds so far are playing cards, fragments of toys, chess pieces, the base of a model figure, a wooden square from a Victorian Scrabble-type word game and a model fish carved from ivory.’
    • ‘And how about non-competitive word games and crossword puzzles?’
    • ‘Lena and Eloise had been playing a word game to pass the time.’
    • ‘It's terribly addictive if you like words or word games, especially since - like Yahtzee - you can challenge yourself alone as well as play with others.’
    • ‘Scrabble introduced two new concepts to board games: the word game and the tile placement game.’
    • ‘‘Can we play the word game,’ he asked sitting up and wiping at his eyes for several seconds.’
    • ‘‘Children sometimes played… I suppose it is a word game of a sort,’ she said slowly.’
    • ‘When he lost his job in 1931, and decided to have a go at inventing a word game, Butts hoped to create something that would be an entertaining way to extend your vocab and improve your spelling.’
    • ‘The latest Hoyle product is Hoyle Crosswords, your basic paper and pencil word game that you commonly find each and every day in your local newspaper.’
    riddle, puzzle, anagram
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Pronunciation

word game

/ˈwərd ˌɡām/