Words With No Vowels

Words With No Vowels

Sometimes, it seems like you have drawn the worst tiles in the piles. All consonants and not a single vowel. If this has happened to you, you can, of course, return some of your tiles in for a new lot, but that means you have to forfeit a turn and potential points. While this can be a strategic move sometimes, you most likely will want to avoid doing this as much as possible.

In order to avoid missing out on your new high score, you should memorize a few words that have zero vowels. You heard me… zero vowels. While you may be thinking, “What? There are no legal words with vowels.” But that is where you are wrong! There are more than 100 legal words in Scrabble that you can use that need zero vowels. For this #TileTipThursday, here are some words you should memorize next time you find yourself without an E.

Most of the words on the list are sound words, or if you remember the correct term – onomatopoeia. While they might not seem legal, they can all be found in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

  • BRR (sound to express someone’s reaction to feeling cold)
  • BRRR (same as above)
  • CRWTH (Welsh name for an ancient Celtic instrument that is similar to a violin)
  • CRWTHS (plural of above)
  • CWM (a cirque, especially one in the mountains of Wales)
  • CWMS (plural of above)
  • HM (sound to express thoughtful absorption, hesitation, doubt, or perplexity)
  • HMM (same as above)
  • MM (sound to express satisfaction)
  • NTH (being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc.)
  • PFFT (sound to express or indicate a dying or fizzling out.)
  • PHPHT (sound to express mild irritation or reluctance)
  • PHT (same as above)
  • PSST (sound to attract someone’s attention surreptitiously)
  • SH (sound to silence others)
  • SHH (same as above)
  • TSK (sound to express disapproval or annoyance)
  • TSKS (same as above)
  • TSKTSK (same as above)
  • TSKTSKS (same as above)


While the letter Y is sometimes a vowel, we have still scoured the dictionary for you to find words that use a Y with no other vowels. Of course, you can use simple words like “why,” “cry,” “try, “my,” “fly,” or “dry.” We have also included a few words for you to add to your repertoire.

  • BYRL(S) (alternative spelling for “birle” – to pour a drink)
  • CRYPT(S) (a subterranean chamber or vault)
  • CYST(S) (a bladder, sac, or vesicle)
  • DRYLY (not wet)
  • FLYSCH (an association of certain types of marine sedimentary rocks)
  • GHYLL(S) (alternative spelling for “gill”)
  • GLYCYL(S) (of or relating to a glycine residue present in a polypeptide or protein)
  • GLYPH(S) (a picture or hieroglyph)
  • GYPSY (a member of a nomadic, Caucasoid people)
  • LYMPH(S) (a clear fluid that is derived from the tissues of the body and conveyed to the bloodstream by the lymphatic vessels)
  • LYNX (a type of wildcat)
  • NYMPH(S) (a beautiful or graceful young woman)
  • PSYCH(S) (to make nervous)
  • PYGMY (anything very small of its kind)
  • PYX (the vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept)
  • STYMY (golf putting term)
  • SYLPH(S) (a slender, graceful woman or girl)
  • SYN (a prefix occurring in loanword from Greek)
  • SYNC (synchronization)
  • SYZYGY (an alignment of three celestial objects)
  • TYPP (a number representing the aggregate of thousands of yards of yarn weighing one pound)
  • TYPY (relating to a domestic animal and embodying the ideal characteristics of its variety or breed )
  • WYND(S) (a narrow street or alley)
  • WYNN(S) (a character representing the sound “W” in Old English and early Middle English manuscripts)
  • XYLYL(S) (of, containing, or denoting the group of atoms (CH 3) 2 C 6 H 3 –)
  • XYST(S) (a covered portico, as a promenade)

Well, there you have it! Tons of new words for you to use during your next Scrabble match if you ever find yourself in a tough situation with no vowels. Hopefully, one of these words can lead you to a victory!

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