The dictionary has an incredible one-third of the coverage of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary and includes all words in current English since 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, 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, 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.

 • Learn in style with any of the four colorful new themes – The colorful layout will turn your learning experience into an enjoyable routine. Customize your dictionary and benefit from the cheerful mood your favorite color brings you.
 • Dive right into the intricacies of the language - With new and convenient Home page, sleeker and more intuitive visual layout, as well as innovations in the speed of searches, you can get to the desired entry faster than ever.
 • Translate and learn as you speak by using Talk & Translate – Use the speech recognition & text-to-speech app by downloading it for Free from the App Store. The great synergy between the two apps will be there to help you optimize your studies.

SEARCH TOOLS - quickly find words with the clear, functional, and easy-to-use interface.
Designed to provide the most comprehensive search experience, the dictionary combines several search tools to match or predict what are you looking for, including:
 • Search autocomplete helps you find words quickly by displaying predictions as you type.
 • Keyword lookup allows you to search within compound words and phrases.
 • Camera search looks up words in the camera viewfinder and displays results in seconds.
 • Voice search helps you find an entry when you don’t know how a word is spelled.
Looking for a specific word but don't know how it's spelled? We've got you covered with our automatic ‘Fuzzy filter’ to correct word spelling, as well as ‘Wild card’ ('*' or '?') to replace a letter or entire parts of a word.

LEARNING TOOLS - engaging features that help you further enhance your vocabulary. Designed to give you freedom to structure your studies, the dictionary combines several learning tools to help you be more organized, including:
 • ‘Favorites’ that allow you to create custom folders with lists of words.
 • Recent list which helps you to easily review looked-up words.
 • Swipe-to-delete functionality in the Recent and Favorites menus.
 • Word-of-the-day option to teach you a new word every day.
Feel excited by the new word or definition you just learned? Share your discovery with friends on social media, email or any other option available on your device.

What's New

Version 10.0.12

• Four new colorful themes.
• Delete and sort entries with Favorites/Recent list.
• General bug fixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5

133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Could do better.

Gallery Hakon

Surely someone in the Oxford dictionary team must be cringing at how much of a mess the app developers are making of the amazing source material they have to work with?

While it is nice to have access to the still quite sizeable two-volume 'shorter' OED on the iPad, it would have been great if you could browse it like a book, and also if they had not quite misguidedly changed the phoneme /æ/ to /a/ and some former a-diphthongs to use /ᴧ/. As an old student of English, I do take issue with that. There may have been a shift in received pronunciation of old, but the sounds of those vowels are still closer to their old phonemes than their new ones, and the whole point of phonemes in the first place is to represent a range of sounds that serve to distinguish linguistic meaning. By changing them, not only can it cause confusion, but it can also cause mispronunciation for learners who try to pronounce them according to the symbol now used.

Another thing I take issue with is that, despite being rather a pricy app, there is frequently a nagging screen telling you to either rate the app 5 stars. There is no way to tell the app not to give you that reminder again. For an app that is supposed to be taken seriously, that is not good at all, especially since it keeps coming up after I rated it, for which I have now deducted an extra star from my original rating, and will continue to do so every time the app asks me to rate it again.

Does what I paid for, but with some annoyances


Robust and serves the purpose, and simply for that is value for money. However the constant nag screen to submit a review, which gets in the way of a quick word lookup, is annoying; hence this review in the hope it will turn of the message until the next update. Also the pressing of the ‘x’ feature at the right-hand side of the search bar, to clear the previous text, for some reason does not return focus to the text box; why else would you press this except for preparing to enter a search. Therefore, although the app is otherwise solid and reliable, it could do with being some attention to detail to make usability slick!

Poor show


This is an expensive app with poor indexing and an outrageous nag screen that I would find irritating in a free app.

The indexing of anything other than headwords is poor, particularly compounds. Look up "red mud" for example and you will draw a blank although it does actually appear under the headword "mud". You'll need good luck and persistence to find any word that isn't a main entry.

The constant nag screen pleading with me to give it an entirely undeserved 5-star rating is outrageous and would be even if the app had not cost £28. However, it did prompt me to leave this 1-star review.

Update 17 Oct 2017: I received the message below from Mobisystems in response to this review

The poor impression made by this app is not helped by a completely irrelevant developer reply. In addition, the developer seems bizarrely to be unaware that the app they refer to as the "full version" is actually less than half the size of the Shorter. Can they really be under the delusion that they are selling the full 13-volume OED for a few pounds?

Developer Response

Thank you for your comment! Please bear in mind that this is the Shorter edition of ODE. If you require a more detailed reference, please consider the full version, which is available on the App Store as Oxford English Dictionary 2017.
Also, 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.


MobiSystems, Inc.
135.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Catalan
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 MobiSystems, Inc.


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