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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Longest Word with only One Vowel

A reader of this site wonders:

"Is there an 8 letter word with 1 vowel in the fourth position?"

In the English language, there is such a word, but it's not the longest word in the language with only one vowel. There is a nine letter word with only one vowel. To be fair, though, the eight letter word is a root of the nine letter word.

Feel free to venture your best guess in the comment section below.

31 comments:

Erik said...

If you're not having any luck thinking of the word, maybe you need to strengthen your vocabulary.

I'd suggest reading a big book, like the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary, although you might find you're not strong enough to lift it.

Anonymous said...

Well I found I did have the "strength" to lift the book and find the word!
Good one, with a great clue that made it FUN, Erik !

Anonymous said...

i think it might be indivisibility, anyone got a better one???

Erik said...

"Indivisibility" has 7 vowels. Six of them are I's and one is a Y.

Alex said...

the y isn't a vowel in indivisibility. strengths. nine letters, one vowel

Anonymous said...

'indivisibility' hahahahahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

if using the same vowel numerous times is a possibility the longest word is actually

"strengthlessness"

16 letters. 1 vowel (used 3 times)

Anonymous said...

The word is "strengths". Add the "s" to the end and it's a 9-letter word.

Anonymous said...

STYLISTS - 8

Anonymous said...

TRIPTYCHS - 9

Anonymous said...

SCRATCHY - 8

Anonymous said...

RHYTHMIC - 8

Anonymous said...

RHYTHMIST - 9

Anonymous said...

RHYTHMISTS - 10 BEAT THAT

Anonymous said...

schlongs 9

no y's which are being used as vowels in many of those words

Anonymous said...

strengths is a nine letter word w/ only vowel.

Brad said...

SPRIGHTLY - 9

Anonymous said...

>schlongs

there's an "o" in that.
-.-'

-strengths

Anonymous said...

Yes. -3

Anonymous said...

stregnths

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KennyT said...

Y counts as a vowel."A e i o u and y" are all vowels.so STYLISTS, TRIPTYCHS, SCRATCHY, and RHYTHMIC all have two vowels and therefore dont count.

Me said...

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J3VS said...

polyrhythms - 11

uncle nick said...

What about Abracadabras

Tyler said...
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xxRememberedxx said...

SCHMALTZ

donz said...

resplendentness - 15

whistleteeth said...

superfragilisticexipalidociuos. I know it doesn't qualify but I had to throw it in for my x-men peeps.

Hannah said...

The "y" is a vowel in INDIVISIBILITY and in any word in which it makes a vowel sound! It's a consonant when it makes the "yuh" sound, as in yak, yellow, eye, etc.