Shorter Oxford English

Shorter Oxford English

By MobiSystems, Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2013-07-31
  • Current Version: 10.0.17
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 138.21 MB
  • Developer: MobiSystems, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 701 Ratings


The dictionary has an incredible one-third of the coverage of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary. It also 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, written 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. The entries provide coverage of the 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. LATEST APP UPDАТES:  • 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 a new and convenient Home page, sleeker and more intuitive visual layout, as well as innovations in the speed of searches - you can now get to the desired entry faster than ever.  • Translate and learn as you speak with Talk & Translate – use this speech recognition & text-to-speech app by downloading it for Free from the App Store. The great synergy between the two apps will help you optimize your studies. SEARCH TOOLS - quickly find words with the functional, clean 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 using your speech.  • Automatic ‘Fuzzy filter’ that corrects word spelling and a ‘Wild card’ that allows you to replace a letter or entire parts of a word with '*' or '?' when you don’t know how it`s spelled. LEARNING TOOLS - engaging features that help you further enhance your vocabulary. Designed to give you the freedom to structure your studies, this dictionary combines several learning tools to help you be more organized:  • ‘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.



  • Second-best dictionary in the world

    By Alaska Prof
    It’s remarkable to have the second-best dictionary in the world right on your phone. Until there is an app for the OED, which would eclipse this one, this is the richest and most valuable dictionary available for purchase as an app.
  • Like an old school pocket dictionary.

    By Jkmoore1010101
    Short and simple definitions with suggestions on words as you type, great for bad spellers, like me.
  • Annoying nagging

    By michael_martz
    Constantly asks for 5 Star reviews Also does work in iOS 13 when trying to share an entry to notes. You end up stranded having to force close the app
  • Great

    By alxndr154
    Great dictionary obviously, but annoying ads telling you to rate it that won't go away.
  • Good

    By David6895643
    The full OED is known for its historical citations of word usage. This shorter version covers a great many of the words, but, judging by the few words I have checked, like "philosophy," does not appear to selectively excerpt those citations. Update: Even though I have rated this app, it still keeps asking me to rate it. In exchange for this annoyance, which promises to be perpetual, I have subtracted a star from my rating.
  • Pretty decent

    By Jay71tal
    Was looking for an online version of the Oxford English Dictionary (the historical version, with archaic meanings and words and their evolution - or disappearance - from the English language) but it’s not available in an online format. So am stuck with my Condensed version of it that I bought ca. 1967. This volume is mostly modern English words with a minimum amount of origin info. In that context this dictionary addresses modern English usage.
  • Fairly good, but disappointing

    By Zetesis
    Definitions are incomplete, often superficial. Much more sophomoric than one expects from the OED.
  • Fantastic dictionary app

    By LikesMyTouch
    Unlike any other. This uses copious quotes from noteworthy documents to show the words in context. This borrows its format and word entries from the huge Oxford English Dictionary (a massive 20 volumes) attaining its reasonable size by leaving out words that were obsolete before 1700, except for the King James version of the Bible, Shakespeare, Milton, and Spenser. Derivations are very thorough. In short, worth three times the price for those who love dictionaries.
  • Excellent

    By PapaNewp
    Excellent range & sufficient detail. My go-to App off-line.
  • Best dictionary, bar none

    By sam hunting
    Superb English dictionary, the best on iOS and the best digital dictionary in the world. The usage examples will be especially useful to the English learner. Excellent search function, easy-to-use interface, very fast. Worth what I paid because as a writer I will use it for the rest of my life.