word-hord, n.n: a word-hoard, a store of words.
The Wordhord is not a dictionary — it’s a museum exhibition in your pocket that you can digest in bite-size chunks.

Old English is the language you think you know until you actually hear or see it. Used throughout much of Britain over a thousand years ago, it is rich with words that haven’t changed (like word), others that are unrecognisable (such as neorxnawang, or paradise) and some that are curious even in translation (gafol-fisc literally means tax-fish).

Learn a new word every day with a Home Screen widget.

Browse thousands of daily words in the archive going back to 2013.

Listen to pronunciations: Each word has written pronunciations in simplified or IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) styles. Tap the pronunciation to hear it spoken.

Dive into manuscript images. Words are often accompanied by images from medieval manuscripts that can be viewed fullscreen.

Word categories, including: animals, arts + crafts, battle, body + health, colours, education + knowledge, emotions, food + drink, kennings, language + writing, magic + supernatural, measuring, monsters, people, phrases, religion, runes, sounds + music, things to wear, time + seasons, travel + trade, trees + plants, water, and weather.

Save your favourite words and they’ll stay in sync across all your devices.

The design of the Wordhord is inspired by the lines and colours used in medieval manuscripts. Even dark mode is influenced by a medieval-style “dark mode” where manuscripts were inscribed in gold on pages dyed a deep bluish-black.

Gold shimmer! Many manuscripts would shimmer under the light due to their use of gold leaf. Gold elements in the Wordhord can shimmer in the same way when you move your device. (This feature can be turned on in settings.)

The Wordhord aims to be accessible to all with support for Dynamic Type, Reduced Motion and VoiceOver. Human-written alt text is available on images that accompany every new word.

The hoarder of words, Hana Videen, has posted an Old English word every day since 2013. She is a published author and has an Old English doctorate from King’s College London.

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

- Audio pronunciations should play properly on all devices
- For non-English language devices, audio pronunciations will no longer play using non-English voices. Instead an error will appear with instructions on how to download a supported voice.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

INFJill ,

So excited for this app

What an awesome app. I’ve been following old English Wordhord on Instagram for a while.
This app is very clean, and well organized. I was shocked to discover it was free, as I fully expected to pay for it.
It includes beautiful illuminated manuscript artwork, pronunciations, and a feature to save your favorites.
A future feature I would love to see would be a search function.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your kind words! Search is high on my list of features to add in the future but I want to implement it in a way that suits the content. Users wouldn’t be able to search for every Old English word as the Wordhord is not a complete dictionary but I still think search would be useful to find for words previously seen or words relating to terms not already listed in Categories.

If you have any other feature requests please ask @OEWordhordApp on Twitter

gilroy0 ,

A great idea well executed

The presentation is fantastic, the resource amazing. I wish I could get the pronunciation bit to work, though.

Developer Response ,

Thanks! The audio pronunciation bug should be fixed in version 1.0.3


Great app

Wonderful, well-designed app presenting a new, intriguing Old English word each day, many with delightful illustrations from medieval manuscripts.

Developer Response ,

Thanks! I’m sure the original artists would be pleased their work is being admired hundreds of years in the future.

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The developer, Ryan Lintott, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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