No matter what anyone says, words carry weight. As a person who earns his entertainment funds by writing, I can assure you that right usage of words make a better impression. The free dictionary apps for Android will not only provide deep vocabulary but also improve your grip on the language.
Word craft is an art form and in the right hand it can do wonders. I usually read a novel with a fleet of free dictionary apps for Android ready on my smartphone. This way I can learn and get intimately involved into the story.
Note: The 10 free dictionary apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Top apps on the list are under constant usage and never failed to provide quality services. The rest of the apps also worked fine.
1. Dictionary.com – Free with In-app Purchases
Words Look Amazing
1.A Free Version
Dictionary.com is the best among the free dictionary apps for Android. It was featured in the dictionary list we published a few months back and it sustains its spot in this new list too.
This is thanks to the simple and easy to use interface and accurate word meanings. The app’s design is well suited for smartphones as well as tablets. It was a pleasant surprise to use the app on a QHD resolution of a phablet smartphone.
The app comes with comprehensive definitions which makes it easier to understand the meaning as well as the usage of any searched word. The app also gives synonyms for all the words. Here’s a hint, most of the words I know come from looking at the synonyms. This is the best way to expand your vocabulary.
In-app Purchases: $1.99 – $2.99 per item
- Simple and intuitive design.
- Comes with amazing looking slide shows.
- Main features of the app are available offline too.
The app comes with a “Word of the Day” which basically teaches you a new word daily. I highly recommend this app for those who want to learn more than just to search for words. Around 360 new words a year will make you an amazing English speaker/writer.
1.B Paid Version
This is just an ad-free version.
2. Merriam Webster – Free and $2.99
Old School Dictionary
2.A Free Version
Merriam Webster has been around a long time, I remember purchasing a CD for its dictionary back in 1999. It was reliable then and it is reliable now. The app itself provides a great interface which looks good on phones as well as tablets.
To be honest this app provides better utility on the landscape view of the tablets. The word search is precise and gives answers which are wholesome in every way. When you open the app you can also view a word of the day.
- A must for tablet owners.
- Example sentences are a great way to know word usage.
- You can favorite a word which intrigues you.
The app comes with great voice search which enables you to search words without even touching the virtual keyboard. This feature comes in handy when you don’t know how to spell a particular word. “Etiquette” is the word I can never spell right.
2.B Paid Version
The paid version removes the ads from the app and gives complete access to the features. I recommend this version if you can spare a few dollars.
3. WordWeb Dictionary – Free
Looking for a simple dictionary just to look up words? Well look no further than WordWeb Dictionary, good sire/madam. The app comes with a clean white interface with a prominent search bar. Type in the word and the app displays its meaning.
The app’s greatest strength is its offline availability. This is one of the most comprehensive offline free dictionary apps for Android. The dictionary comes with 285,000 words and phrases and over 70,000 usage example.
- Surgical white interface induces focus.
- Spelling suggestions are very reliable.
- Often confused words are listed.
This app comes with North American, Australian, British and international English. This means the app will cover all the flavors of the wonderful language.
4. Dictionary – Free, $3.49 and $3.99
4.A Free Version
Wield the power of words and rank them up with this dictionary. The app is simple and provides fast searches. The best part is that the dictionary supports not only English, French and Spanish but also eleven other languages as well. This makes it one of a kind among the free dictionary apps for Android list.
I haven’t tested the rest of the languages but Spanish seems to work just fine. The only downside of the app is its interface, it basically seems like a webpage to me which ironically defeats the purpose of an app.
In-app Purchases: $1.99 per item
- Fast and reliable searches.
- Offline access available for English.
- Sharing definitions is very easy.
You can translate English into more than 40 other languages. This means while the app is not a dedicated translator app, it can provide a good service when needed.
4.B Ad- Free Version
This is a simple ad free version of the app. Nothing more is added in terms of functions or usability.
4.C Pro Version
The pro version of the app allows you to download a comprehensive version of the English dictionary. It also allows you to download offline version of other 11 languages as well. Translation features also become available for offline usage.
5. English Dictionary Offline – Free
A Reliable Selection
The name says it all; the app is an English dictionary which is available offline. The app comes with a large number of words ready to be bestowed upon you. There are no additional downloads or anything too, simply download the app and you will be ready to learn.
The app is fairly good but the smartphone interface is not up to standard. This combined with the black background makes it an awkward read. Thankfully you can change the theme of the app which is a relief.
- More than 174,000 words for you to absorb.
- Uses internet when a word is not available in offline mode.
- Interface is better suited for tablets.
The app is compatible with Moon+ Reader which is one of the best readers around. This means you can view the definitions in the reader you are familiar with.
6. Advanced English Dictionary – Free with In-app Purchases
Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus is my go to choice for search words. I like the app personally because it reminds of me of a hardcopy version I used years back. The app comes with more than 1.4 million words which is a lot to digest.
The app is not a conventional dictionary though as it doesn’t arrange word in alphabetical order. The app instead bunches nouns, adjective, verbs and adverbs in groups. You just have to use the app to know that this approach is very innovative and convenient.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 per item
- A good interface which shines on tablets.
- A good learning format which is actually efficient.
- Helps you in finding words quickly and accurately.
This is actually an advanced English dictionary. It comes with hypernyms which are generic words, hyponyms which are subordinate ones and meronyms which are partially names. If you are an advanced English user or a grad student, this is the perfect app for you.
7. Oxford Dictionaries Search – Free
Searches Them All
This app works online and searches the Oxford dictionaries for the word you search. The app is fast and reliable even though it requires an active internet connection to work.
The app brings forth clear meanings and reliable definitions very easily. I very much liked the big bold interface which is easy to understand even for people with weak vision.
- Color scheme and design is pleasant to look at.
- Shows possible words just as you hit search.
- Displays phrases right on the search screen.
The down side of the app is its constant need to be connected to the internet. This is also its strongest point. Being able to consult sever dictionaries makes this one of the best free dictionary apps for Android.
8. Urban Dictionary – Free
The Rad One
Urban Dictionary is the one with all the swag in the free dictionary apps for Android list. Yolo right lol? If you do not comprehend what I just said, it is because you haven’t consulted the Urban Dictionary. Did you know the word “mint” means awesome these days?
I didn’t either until I heard a young cousin say it. Thankfully with the Urban Dictionary on my side I’m always well versed in the new lingo. Want to know what ROTFL means? Check Urban Dictionary.
- A great looking interface best suited to phones.
- Search slang words with ease.
- You can share the results on social media too.
The app shows autocomplete suggestions as you type the word. This is highly important because you never know what slang spellings are like.
9. Oxford Medical Dictionary – 30-day trial
Oxford Medical Dictionary is not the most complete dictionary you can find but it does come close. I still recommend that 4000 page one you can find at your local library but for those who just need to know what a spleen is, this is the best app there is.
The app even comes with labeled images for you to know exactly where your liver is.
In-app Purchases: $9.99 per item
- Interface well suited for tablets.
- Comes with more than 140 illustrations.
- There are entries on techniques and equipment too.
The dictionary has put effort in all the major medical disciplines, pharmacology, pediatrics, nephrology almost every aspect is touched in detail.
10. Law Dictionary – Free
Guilty As Charged
Your Honor! This app here is guilty of providing people with law terms and terminology in a very precise and well-arranged manner.
It’s so simple that once you enter a term it gives you answers.
- Clean, white interface.
- Gives you the exact meaning nothing else.
- Is very fast in its searches.
This app will prove to an asset to law students and some forgetful practitioners.
Thus ends the free dictionary apps for Android list. I hope that you will find the word you are looking for with ease and comfort. I recommend that you keep at least two dictionaries on your smartphone all the time, especially before consuming a new novel.
I have learned a lot just by reading fictional novels and consulting a dictionary if a hard word arises. As a matter of fact I was reading Dan Brown’s The Symbol with a dictionary open just this morning. Happy word hunting guys! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions.