word part dictionary?
editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Fri May 17 17:43:32 UTC 2002
> >Does anyone have a handy (and preferably online) reference for looking
>>up words by constituent parts? Of course prefixes can be found in any
>>regular dictionary, but I occasionally want to be able to look up words
>>by base part, suffix, or collocated particle.
For parts, Michael Quinion's Ologies and Isms: A Dictionary of Word
Beginnings and Endings (emphasizing those, for, as Ron points out,
infixes are few and <wait-for-it> in-between. <ba-dump-bump>) is due
out from OUP in late summer/early fall.
For words-by-parts, this dictionary site allows regular expression searching:
They offer a number of different databases, including Webster's 1913,
Bierce's Devil's Dictionary (that was a surprise).
(Note: it not infrequently gives 'database engine error',if so, just
There's an option to search a substring occurring anywhere in a word.
"Couth" got me:
web1913: Couth Selcouth Uncouth Uncouthly Uncouthness
wn: couth couthie couthy uncouth uncouthly uncouthness
"wn" is Wordnet.
I couldn't get it to give me collocated particle, but I didn't spend
much time trying.
editor at verbatimmag.com
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