Snappy Words: Online Dictionary

Thanks to Ray Strackbein for posting to SpeakerNet News details of a fascinating free visual online dictionary. might well replace your dictionary and Thesaurus in ways you could never imagine. It packs a lot of information on one easy-to-navigate page.

Look up any word and SnappyWords presents a visual dynamic network of all related words and their definitions.

Here’s what you see when you enter “Speech” as a search word:

Snappy Words - Speech

Explore the meaning of words and gather suggestions for alternate words with a few simple mouse clicks.

  1. Place the mouse cursor over a word to view the meaning.
  2. Double click a node from the branch to view other related words.
  3. Scroll the mouse wheel over words to zoom in or out. This helps you see more associations or view words and meanings more clearly.
  4. Click and drag a word or branch to move it around and explore other branches.

It’s fun to experiment with place names. Here’s the results for London:
Snappy Words - London

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What a cool tool this is!

I’m a Mind Mapper and this fits that concept of branching out to a ‘T’.


Google is using something similar – the Google Wheel – for finding relevant keywords. I love this visual tool.

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