EtymologyExplorer 4+

Explore words and their roots‪!‬

Might Could Studios LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 819 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Etymology Explorer is the word origin app you've been waiting your whole life for!

Features include:
• Visual map of word origins
• Connections between related words (e.g. acrobat and acronym)
• Etymology in full written form
• Definition, transliterations, and audio pronunciations

I would love to hear your feedback on how to improve the app, so please let me know if there are any issues or what features you want next!

Ever wonder if the words album and albino are related? They are! Download the app and you'll find out how.

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What’s New

Version 6.2.0

Fixed issue where WOTD list wouldn't load

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
819 Ratings

819 Ratings

Aquaddict ,

Unique with a polished UI

Unique way of visually exploring word etymologies. Data comes from Wiktionary and includes a large number of languages besides English. Can get lost in this app for stretches of time. I wish the lifetime membership was on par with other vocab type apps ($20-$30). Overall great job by this sole developer, the attention to detail and thinking that has gone into usability have produced a beautiful app. UPDATE: Saw an offer for lifetime membership pop up in the app a few days after posting the above review, and didn’t hesitate to purchase. Using it daily. Rarely used words who meanings I kept forgetting have now become easily memorized, just by seeing once how the meaning arises from the roots of the word. Brilliant.

Developer Response ,

I truly appreciate that you took the time to leave my app an awesome review, Aquaddict! I hear your request and will consider that in the future. I'm so glad you appreciate my work in creating this app! Please recommend my app to your word friends if you get a chance, and don’t hesitate to shoot me a note at if you have any questions.

glowingrabbits ,

Mostly great

I’m a huge etymology nerd and have spent many many many hours of my life on Wiktionary exploring etymology trees of words across many languages. This app is super exciting to me and offers some features that were either painful or impossible for me to do before, so it’s almost immediately improved my life and I bought the lifetime unlock pretty much right away. It’s a great example of applying fairly simple technology to a problem that ends up providing a ton of benefit.

The iPad app isn’t great, it feels like a stretched out iPhone app, and it has some notable layout issues (especially the family view while in portrait, where part of the display is cut off). The tree view also feels really large and displays very little information on the screen at once. I wish it made better use of the larger iPad screen, especially with long and complex etymologies where scrolling around a lot gets annoying. Horizontal scrolling in the tree is also pretty painful. Even just the ability to zoom out and see more of the tree at once would be awesome. The other feature that I’d really like is the ability to search for words across all or multiple languages. Right now it seems like it’s only possible to search within one at a time and it really limits my ability to find the words I'm looking for.

So, there’s definitely some basic stuff that could be improved, but even in its current form this app is a great supplement in etymological research!

Developer Response ,

Hello glowingrabbits, thank you so much for your feedback. It's so great to hear some constructive suggestions from my users and I'm definitely going to take your comments into account regarding the iPad app. Thank you for your subscription and your support. I'm so glad to read reviews from fellow word lovers like you! If you get a chance, please recommend the app to your word friends, and don’t hesitate to shoot me a note at if you have any questions. Thanks again!

hgbgdbfnjipoo ,

Very Enlightening

Knowing the etymology of words aids you in learning and remembering the spelling of words and aids you in seeing the resemblance between the word itself and its meaning. In my opinion, this application does a good job in presenting the origin of words and how they are related to other similar words.

I just wish this application had a feature that could teach users how to read the IPA spelling of non English words, or at least uses a IPA text-to-speech feature instead of the current American text-to-speech. Then again, this might be asking for to much, the application is great how it is.

Regardless of the aforementioned, this application is radical 😎

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your review and feedback! I'm working on an improved text-to-speech feature so please be on the lookout for it! If you get a chance, please recommend the app to your word friends, and don’t hesitate to shoot me a note at if you have any questions. Thanks again!

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