The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains an incredible one-third of the coverage of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary and includes all words in current English from 1700 to the present day, plus the vocabulary of Shakespeare, the Bible and other major works in English from before 1700.

With new coverage of global English, as well as slang, dialect, technical, historical, and literary terms, and rare and obsolete words, the Sixth Edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains more than 600,000 words, phrases, and definitions, with coverage of language from the entire English-speaking world, from North America and the UK to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and the Caribbean. It has been fully updated with 2,500 new words and meanings based on ongoing research at Oxford Dictionaries and the Oxford English Corpus.

 • NEW! With the addition of a convenient Home page, a sleeker and more intuitive visual layout, as well as innovations in the speed of searches you can delve right into the intricacies of English faster and easier than ever!
 • NEW! Translate and learn as you speak by using Talk & Translate– A speech recognition and text-to-speech app separate from this dictionary, which you can download for Free from the App Store. Whether you’re travelling or simply want to optimize your study of English, the great synergy between the two apps will be there to help you.

This is a mobile dictionary with content from Oxford University Press and advanced search and language tools that have become the staple of quality language apps from MobiSystems.

SEARCH TOOLS – effortlessly find words using a clear, functional, and easy-to-use interface. The integrated search tools activate automatically the moment you start typing:
* Search autocomplete helps find words quickly by displaying predictions as you type
* Keyword lookup allows you to search within compound words and phrases
* An automatic ‘Fuzzy filter’ to correct word spelling, as well as ‘Wild card’ ('*' or '?') to replace a letter or entire parts of a word
* Camera search looks up words in the camera viewfinder and displays results

LEARNING TOOLS – engaging features that help you further enhance your vocabulary:
* ‘Favorites’ feature to create custom folders with lists of words from the extensive library
* ‘Recent’ list to help you easily review looked-up words
* ‘Word of the day’ section to help expand your vocabulary every day

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What's New

Version 10.0.3

* iOS 11 support!
* Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

305 Ratings

305 Ratings

I love this app


It's wonderful having a dictionary this detailed and thorough at my fingertips. I work for a company that writes language arts curriculum, and between work and just looking things up on my own as I'm reading something and encounter a word I have questions about, I often use it multiple times per day. It is one of my favorite apps.

I do agree with another reviewer who commented that in the most recent update, it's not as smooth when you finish looking at one word and want to look up another. I hope they'll improve that in the future if they haven't already. However, I have been enjoying this app for months and expect I'll continue to enjoy it in the future.

Please clean up the UI


After looking up one word, the most likely action if one doesn’t exit the app, is to look up another word. To do that, the user clicks on the search icon (magnifying glass), which pulls up the search field with the previous word already entered, plus the keyboard is shown. If the user wishes to find a different word, they would naturally tap the little (x) to clear the search field instantly. While the search field does clear, but the keyboard goes away and the user is placed at the beginning of the dictionary. *How often do people want to scroll through the dictionary starting at the beginning?* Clicking the (x) should clear the search field and maintain display of the keyboard.

Developer Response

Thank you for the comment. Please bear in mind that the redesign of the app was required due tot the updates of the iOS. We, as a developer, need to follow the trends in mobile progress and provide new features within the UI.

Excellent app!

Calvin & Luther fan

I have other dictionaries, but for a number of words I am looking up, (and I enjoy reading older texts such as the Early Greek Fathers) this is the only one which will have the word's definition. You have to get rid of the apps as they are annoying and cumbersome, so go with the upgrade. The word of the day must be randomly generated because the words they choose are sometimes basic or a spelling derivations of another word (and that is all the info provided on that word, the alternate spelling.)


MobiSystems, Inc.
139 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Catalan
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 MobiSystems, Inc.


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