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

4.2 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

macpfan ,

Good dictionary

I'm running this app on a late 2008 MBP. It has never crashed. It is much more comprehensive than eReference (which is a total pain if you have to reinstall). Etymologies included. It is not as Mac-like as it needs to be at this point. I can minimize it (Cmd-M), but it can't be hidden (Cmd-H). I would buy it again. The sound files work perfectly. If it were more Mac-like, it would get 5 stars from me.


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.


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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