List of words that start with RETENTIVE
Use the form and buttons below to filter & order results.
Hint: Click one of the words below to view definition. All words highlighted GREEN exist in both SOWPODS and TWL dictionaries and words highlighted in RED exist in SOWPODS only, PURPLE exist in TWL only and BLUE exist in WWF only.
Welcome to our ‘Words Beginning with With…’ specific letters! This tool gives you all the words which start with a specific letter or sequence of letters. Read on to learn more about our word list and how to use it.
How to Use ‘Words Beginning With….’
- Enter your letters into the box and hit return. You can enter between 1 and 12 letters. These letters are the letters that will start your word.
- You’ll be brought to a separate page showing your results.
- Be sure to set your parameters for how you’d like the results to be sorted. You can order your results alphabetically, by length, or by Scrabble or Words with Friends points. You can also decide if you’d like your results to be sorted in ascending order (i.e. A to Z) or descending order (i.e. Z to A).
- Decide if you’d like to filter by word length. Our tool allows you to filter by word length. You can choose to view all words, or view words of a specific length between 2 and 15 letters long.
- Pay attention to the colors of the words, to check they’re included in the right dictionary. Our tool displays words from a variety of gaming dictionaries. If you’re looking for words to play in a specific game, make sure you select a word that is actually legal in your chosen dictionary! All words in green exist in both the SOWPODS and TWL Scrabble dictionaries. Words in red are found in SOWPODS only; words in purple in TWL only; and words in blue are only found in the WWF dictionary.
Here are a few examples of how our word lists work.
If you enter a single letter, like ‘Y’, you might get words like:
If you enter the letters ‘QU’ you might get words like:
If you enter a long string of letters, like ‘PART’ you might get words like:
Keep in mind that entering two or more letters does not mean that you will get a list of words beginning with one of those letters! For instance, if you enter ‘QU,’ our tool will generate words beginning with ‘QU,’ like quiet, queen, and quack. We will not generate a list of words that start with either Q or U, like qat or umbrella.
Also remember that the longer your string of letters is, the fewer results you are likely to get. For instance, there are over a thousand words starting with ‘Q’. But there are only 26 words that start with ‘QA.’
Tips for Starting a Word in Scrabble
It’s like writing a paper: the start is always the hardest part. When you don’t know how you want to start a word in Scrabble, the options can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips on how to decide where to start a word in scrabble.
- Use uncommon letters whenever possible.
If you have high-point value letters like ‘Q’ or ‘Z’, it’s best to try to use them at the start of a word. For one, it’s easier to think of words that start with a letter compared to words that contain it. Just try to come up with a list of words that start with ‘Q’ vs. include ‘Q.’ You’ll probably have a lot more words in the first column. On top of that, though, prioritizing words that start with high-point value letters ensures you will use those letters. It can be easy to let a ‘Z’ tile languish in your hand, but if you do that, you’re only playing yourself.
- Look for prefixes.
One of the best ways to start a word is to look for prefixes. For instance, common prefixes like ‘anti’, ‘auto’, ‘dis’, ‘semi’ or ‘sub’ can be easy to find your tiles, and are a great way to start a long word. Once you’ve got the prefix set, you’ve narrowed down your options for how you’ll end the word. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can stick a prefix directly onto an existing word on the board, meaning minimal effort for you but extra points.
- Use existing words on the board as a guide.
This one is so easy it feels like cheating, but it’s totally legal. When you’re really stumped for how to start a word, look at what’s already on the board. Are there existing words you can stretch out? For instance, if the word ‘stun’ is on the board, can you add ‘ned’ to make ‘stunned’? Or, even better, if you have a long word like ‘Quagmire’, can you add an easy ‘s’? Adding new ends to words is a great way to get extra points while using only a few tiles. Just make sure you’re strategic with where you stick your new endings on! It wouldn’t be a good idea to waste an ‘S’ on a low-value word like ‘runs’.