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Download free dictionary software for your computer

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If you’re a beginner learning the English language, you’re probably making a good use of your desktop references like dictionaries and thesauri. If you’re the kind of a person who spends much time in front of your PC, you may find it lazy to flip through hundreds of pages to look up a word in your dictionary, just like me ;)


So, I’ve compiled here the most popular, useful and free dictionary tools for your Windows machine:

WordWeb Dictionary Software

WordWeb is an amazingly slick dictionary software for your Windows computer. WordWeb Dictionary software sits on the system tray and you can look up definitions for words on WordWeb from any other program like MS Word easily.

WordWeb can fetch definitions, synonyms, related words (thesaurus like), also point to the root words. WordWeb dictionary tool also includes the pronunciation key for words.

It can also fetch meanings and synonyms from online dictionaries and reference websites like Wikipedia and Wikitionary. It can fetch meanings for Indian, American, British, Australian, Canadian and global English words.

Download WordWeb

Merriam Webster’s Concise Dictionary Software

This free dictionary software brings the content of the reputed Merriam Webster Dictionary to your computer.

Merriam Dictionary Software brings to your computer clear definitions, a pronunciation key and more that you may need.

You can look up any word in the dictionary by double clicking on it from your documents. This tool can also be used as a spell checker for your text documents.

Download Merriam Webster Concise Dictionary Software

Magical Jelly Bean Software

Magical Jellybean free dictionary software works with mostly all Windows versions that include Windows 95, 98, XP, and others.

Unlike other dictionary software, this freeware dictionary tool looks up meanings, and pronunciations from an online dictionary database.

Download Magical Jellbean Dictionary Software

Hope you found these tools useful.

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August 12th, 2007 at 5:23 am

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  • Logesh

    A good collection Shankar. Really these tools will be very helpful for students like me who don’t want to get bored in flipping through 100′s of papers in a Dictionary :)

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Glad you found that useful, Logesh :)

  • Myo Kyaw Htun

    Nice collection, I’ve never know these before. Thanks, Shankar.

  • Lovedeep Wadhwa

    Magical Jellybean Dictionary looks cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Welcome, guys :)

  • kanak

    Another great post shanker. I used to have POD’s (Pocket Oxford Disctionary) desktop application. But now since I am on web most of the time. I use google. :D .. Just give define:word in google search box ..and you will get the definition. But for offline usage , these tools are the best option :)

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Kanak: Thanks, my favourite too is Google’s define operator :) Offline tools – I prefer WordWeb.

  • ram

    Great collection, i never that these existed.

  • Madhur Kapoor

    Cool collection buddy , i have used Oxford till now .

  • Vijay

    I too stick with Define simply to avoid installing software, but I am having an increasing need to check the dictionary even when offline, so I really need to use one of these

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Madhur: Oxford is good, but is the software free of cost?
    @Vijay: Glad :) Thanks for dropping by.

  • Ashok

    Nice tool, but i think it will not find place on those peoples PC who uses google define operator.

  • Ken Xu

    Nice! Stumbled.
    I use Microsoft Encarta. There is a dictionary inside and it’s quite useful. I will try this software. Hope I can help me improve my English.

  • http://nice venkat

    Nice tool, but i think it will not find place on those peoples PC who uses google define operator.

  • Ashok Arora

    Venkat, do you think same I what I think, or you copied my comment.

  • shashank

    I am using wordweb from the past 1 year its a great dictionary.

  • 摩摩诘

    Nice list.I like the wordweb.Thanks a lot.
    I always use MDict on my PDA,and it also has a Windows version.One of my favorite features is that I can add all kinds of dictionaries to MDict as many as I can.The .MDX files is available on many websites for free.

  • Ramkarthik

    Shankar, your list looks pretty good and useful. I normally don’t use any of these softwares. Maybe I can give it a try. But yes, these will be very useful and is also a must for beginners of English Language.

  • TipsoSaurus

    Ah, it seems that you’ll make me download one of these :) Well, I’m planning to buy a dictionary myself…and the whole sole reason for that is that Oxford dictionary comes with a CD and that has whole dictionary in it :P

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Ashok: You were right about that define operator.
    @Shashank: It *IS* a great dictionary. I’ve been using it for a year or so too.
    @Ken Xu: Thanks for the stumble.
    @摩摩诘: You’re welcome. Thanks for telling about the tools that you use.
    @RamKarthik: Give ‘em a try :D
    @TipsoSaurus: LOL I have an Oxford hard copy but it didn’t come with a CD.

  • Brown Baron

    This is going to make things a lot easier for me. Great find. Thanks buddy.

  • Hartati

    It would be very useful for me, thanks.

  • Satjaya

    I use Oxford’s online dictionary.


    And it’s the best if you have internet. And coming to Wordweb, I feel it sucks. The definitions aren’t articulated well.

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  • kuanhoong

    Nice post. :-)

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Thanks for commenting, all.

  • Haris

    Wow, awesome tool! Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Haris: You’re welcome.

  • Nelson

    very good info, I’ve been using Merriam-webster dictionary online which is pretty good, but I didn;t know there was a donwload for it. thanks I’ve already downloaded it. (:-)

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Nelson: You’re welcome, glad you found it helpful.

  • arun teja.y

    i am searching for this for past 2hours and at last i got it……..
    thank u.
    keep rocking

  • Shankar Ganesh

    You’re welcome, Arun. :) Hope these dictionaries help you out :D

  • Rishi Dhawan

    Thanks for free downloading

  • Rishi Dhawan

    very good info, I’ve been using Merriam-webster dictionary online which is pretty good, but I didn;t know there was a donwload for it. thanks I’ve going to be downloaded it

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Rishi Dhawan: Welcome.

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  • Benedict Herold

    Good List, I haven’t tried any of these. For me always Google’s define keyword comes in handy.!

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Benedict: Yep, for me too. But I think WordWeb is a good offline dictionary. :)

  • srinivas

    it is very nice

  • Raj Kumar

    I am really feeling good after inspecting your web sites for down load facility

    please mail me for free down load various computer dictionar

  • Anthony Village Playing ground

    i love ur website, so kee it up.

  • Anthony Village Playing ground

    i want to download a good speed dictionary

  • david battiste

    how can i get this dictionary cause i need a dictionary for my computer so how can i get it now ?

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    i think this is the best way to learn english

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  • cybersupam

    Shankarji…thanx a lot for creating this helpful blog for those who r abit crazy of internet as well in education. Though I already installed Wordweb b4 this, but the remaining dicts. were new to me. so now i got those also. once again thanx.

  • kobe

    is this safe from any viruses?

  • Khushi

    its great

  • Jalaj

    I used to have a Oxford Dictionary application that I used frequently. I am not sure if it was from the publishers (though it looked like genuine) but was a very fast one. Now that I cannot trace it, I will try the applications you have mentioned.

  • sunil

    Good wordWeb

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    I dont have an off line free dictionary English to English pc version. Here in Iraq it is hard to find one which would work. If you can send me a url address or http address it will be perfect.

  • roody

    it’s my pleasure to learn somethingh from your software it is very helpful for increase my english language thanku very much

  • narcissus

    Thank you for this!! But I’d just like to know if these software require an internet connection to use after downloading it, because I don’t always have access to the net..

  • Shankar Ganesh

    These software don’t require an internet connection to work.

  • narcissus

    thank you!

  • prius

    Is there any link for downloading a free dictionary?

  • Calvin

    WordWeb’s license is ludicrously strict though. I can only use 3 times a year after the 30-day trial? Preposterous.

  • Mandar

    Great work
    but Shankar can you tell us which of these can give us audio pronunciation without using internet, as magical jellbean software says “pronunciations from an online dictionary database” and others give pronunciation key.
    Waiting for reply.

  • Hrushikesh

    Thanks for the list.
    I liked the wordweb the most [:)]

    Thanks again

  • ranjith

    Thank you sankar….

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  • Alfanta Ralph

    Thanks Shankar Ganesh…Have a Good day

  • Danilgwite

    can I used in windows7

  • Joseph

    Thanks a lot Mr Shankar Ganesh, I have just downloaded word web and it’s fantastic and easy to use offline, Keep it up man, What do i do after the 30 days trial period ?? I would like to use the dictionary for ever. Please advice.