Based on the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains an incredible one-third of the coverage of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Features include:

-Over 600 000 words, phrases, and definitions
-80 000 quotations illustrating words in use throughout the centuries
-85 000 audio pronunciations
-100 000 etymologies
-Pattern search and spelling suggestions
-Full Text Search and Random Word

No internet connection is required, and you can use the OS X Services feature to look up selected words in most programs.

What’s New

Version 3.80

Support for dark mode, iCloud synch enabled

Ratings and Reviews


Great Reference

Not sure why some reviewers have a low opinion of this app. As far as the comment posted in the "Not as advertised" review that the dictionary "barely cover [sic] a moducum [sic] of depth, the dictionary correctly reports "moducum" is spelled "modicum!" I have two masters degrees and currently a doctoral student; this dictionary certainly meets my needs.

Great Southern Bear😎🤔 ,

Thi is a fine/dictionary app stop compaining!

Yes it is not the full OED. The app NEVER claimed to be! The title is the SHORTER Oxford English Dictionary. If you buy this dictionary and expect the OED you simply have not looked at what you are buying. The app itself is really fine and will meet the needs of almost everone.

Ames Brown (NYC) ,

Great Content + Fabulous Interface (& Up To Date)

First, regarding the “Beware” review: OBVIOUSLY this is not the full Oxford English Dictionary. That would take 30 gigabytes and cost over $700 (USD) to license, and contains mostly historical roots. That is a great product, but totattly different. It’s really unfair to judget this great product just because the purchase could not figure out that this is a totally different product for a different purpose. What a great deal it would be to get a $700 product for $10. But for ordinary writing, and research this is the best dictionary I find. Here is my review of this product:

These WordWeb dictionaries (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary in this case) are basically an exceptional replacement for the built-indictionaries in MacOS. The content is very well organanized, and the interface is up-to-date with the latest improvements in MacOS. As far as content, it does not get any better than Oxford and Chambers. Of course it would be amaziang to have the entire Oxford English Dictionary, but that license is impossible to obtain and would cost $1,000. But for everyday use this is a fantastic set of products. If you have not looked, check out the other offerings by this developer. I have used these WordWeb softwares for 9 years (since 2009) before they were on the App Store. They are truly excellent for writers, academics, and other researchers. Fast, efficient with good content. (I am also putting this review on the other WordWeb App Store products I own, because they really are part of an integrated product.)


Antony Lewis
468 MB

OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor


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