Frequently Asked Questions

Words and Definitions

How do I add a word or add my own definition to a word?

To add a word to Wordnik, simply look it up! If we haven't seen the word before, we'll add it to our database and start tracking it.

To add a definition to a word, log in, and add your definition in the comments. We don't yet have a way to 'promote' user definitions to the Definitions block at the top of the entry page, but we hope to make this possible soon.

Your definition is wrong!

Our definitions are drawn from other published sources, and we don't edit them (although we will pass the word along to projects that are still being actively updated). If you see a definition that seems to be matched with the wrong word, please email us at and let us know so we can fix it!

User Accounts

Help! I just signed up, but when I try to log in I get an error message that says 'Something went terribly wrong!'!

Don't panic! This happens when the confirmation link we sent you wasn't clicked before you tried to log in. Please check your spam filter for the email, and click the link. If you didn't get a confirmation email, please email us at

I think another user is spamming in the comments.

Thanks for helping us keep Wordnik fun! If you see a spammy comment, please click the icon on the comment, or email us at

The site is constantly asking me to log in!

Usually this kind of issue has to do with cookies. If you can clear your cookies in your browser, please do so (instructions for many browsers are here. If you are still having trouble, please email us at

Example Sentences

You have an example sentence that is for the wrong word (or includes a typo, or is otherwise not great).

Thanks for letting us know! Please email us at and we'll see if we can delete it. (We do not edit example sentences.)


How can I make my own wordlist at Wordnik?

First, log in (create a user account if you don't already have one). Once you're logged in, you can create a new list from the New List link.


I can't hear the audio pronunciations!

If the word page has been open in your browser for a while, reloading the page will often refresh the audio and make it audible. (Please also check that your speakers aren't muted!)


I have a question about your API!

Please check out our API FAQ. You can also email our API team at

I signed up for a key, but I haven't gotten the email with yet.

You can find your assigned key at the bottom of your user account settings page. You can also email our API team at

Contact Information

How can I contact you?

Need to get in touch? You can reach us at

Or via postal mail at:

PO Box 181
Millbrae, CA 94030

Unfortunately, our offices are not open to the public. We do not answer queries by telephone except in extraordinary circumstances.