5 Handy Dictionary Extensions for Quick Word Lookups

Sandy Writtenhouse 30-11-2015

What do you do when you are reading an article and either do not know what a word means Tech Jargon: Learn 10 New Words Recently Added To The Dictionary [Weird & Wonderful Web] Technology is the source for many new words. If you are a geek and a word lover, you will love these ten that were added to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Read More or would like more information on it? There are dictionary websites, of course, but there is nothing more convenient than using a browser extension for quick word look-ups.


If you are not sure which ones are available for the browser you use or do not know which ones really work and have the features you want, check out this list. There is sure to be one here perfect for your needs.

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One of the most popular sites for word definitions Vocabulary Challenged? Try 8 Things On To Improve Your English and its resources make it almost a portal that takes you on a journey of word discoveries. Word has it that it is probably the most frequented of online dictionary and reference sources on... Read More is and there is an extension for Firefox that you can use. Just double-click on a word and the extension will pop open a small box showing the pronunciation along with an audio icon to hear it. You will then see the definition and can click on the More link which will take you to the website for additional details. For other browsers, you can also check out the bookmarklet.


Dictionary Anywhere (Firefox and Opera)

Firefox and Opera have a great extension called Dictionary Anywhere (if searching for this for Opera, it is actually misspelled as Dictionary Anewhere). To use it, just double – click on any word on a Web page and select the small icon that appears. The word is then displayed with several options including translation, audio pronunciation, the definition, synonyms, and examples. You can also easily share the translation via email, text, or social media which is a handy bonus feature.


DictionaryAnywhereOpera (Chrome) for Chrome is a good dictionary extension. It provides a pop-up when a word is double-clicked like many others, but the pop-up is configurable which makes it flexible. Along with double-clicking, you can choose to have it open when you select a word or phrase. And, for both options you can choose a trigger key along with adjusting the font size.


The Free Dictionary (Most Browsers and Mobile)

The Free Dictionary is an extension that is available for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. For mobile lookups, you can also download it for iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook, and Windows phone.


While not as nifty as some other dictionary extensions which provide easy-to-access pop-ups, The Free Dictionary does work and provides a lot of word information. When you double-click a word, you will actually be taken to The Free Dictionary website. You can then see the definition, hear or view the pronunciation, and check out synonyms 10 Online Synonym Dictionaries To Help You Find A Similar Word Read More or related words.


Urban Dictionary (Firefox and Chrome)

Urban Dictionary is a popular way to search for that “hip lingo 10 Online Slang Dictionaries to Learn Jargon and Street Language Read More ” you hear from your teenagers What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More or just for a good laugh. If you currently use the website, then you will be glad to know there are extensions for both Firefox and Chrome, although they work differently.

For Firefox, there are two different options. The first extension will be placed in your search engine list. So, when you pop a word into your search bar, just click the icon to drop down your list of options and select Urban Dictionary. You will then be taken to the website where you can see the word’s definition and share it if you like.



The second option for Firefox is called Urban Dictionary Tooltip. With this extension, you just highlight the word on the webpage and then use the context menu to search Urban Dictionary. The definition will then be displayed in a pop-up window along with the sharing options.

In Chrome, the extension is a little handier than both of these with a simple icon in your toolbar. Just click it and enter your word to see a pop-up definition without leaving your current page. For other browsers, you can also try the Urban Dictionary bookmarklet.



Which Dictionary Extension Do You Use?

For quick word definitions, these extensions work well. But, is there a specific extension for the browser you use that you cannot live without that is not on this list? Or, do you prefer to head over to a website What’s The Good Word: Here Are 6 Ways To Use Google As An Instant Dictionary We Google for stuff anyway, and perhaps it has almost become a sub-conscious habit to Google for a word meaning as well. Google certainly makes it easy with the different ways it gives us to... Read More for a larger amount of information?

Maybe still, you have a paper dictionary that you always stick with. Whatever your method or tool, feel free to share it in the comments below.

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  1. Kim
    December 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Of course, some operating systems include this in basic system tools- I can click on any word in any window (browser or otherwise) and simply "look-up" the word... no need for extensions or plugins.

  2. Stephen Thergesen
    December 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I use both's and Cambridge Dictionaries' Chrome extensions. I also use their Chrome web apps.

  3. pwj
    November 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I'm a little disappointed that only browser extensions are mentioned. Usually the translation is needed in the browser although, but it is also often in other programs.
    Having to call an extra page is too cumbersome for a productive use. Therefore I take back the apps exclusively on system-wide function, and ideally should not be installed, so are portable.

    I've used the program QuickDic for a long time. It is an old and very simple program but also just as simple and powerful like indivual entries for the dictionary.
    In the meanwhile I switched to QTranslate. Similar to QuickDic but slightly fancier.
    So when I read documents in another language, I can at any time, regardless of the program. A double click on a single word or sentence shows me the translation directly in a popup.
    Even entire texts can thus be read which can be handy if you want to hear lyrics of own native language instead of having to read them. I don't want to do advertise for qTranslate, but can only recommend everyone to have a look at this program.


  4. Anonymous
    November 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I don't have an extension. I find most of the time, that when I want to look up a word, it is in a file, not on a webpage. So I have a bookmark for in firefox, and of course, you can use keywords. When I want to look something up, I will type in " randomword" in the URL bar (without the quotes), and FF takes me to the page for that random word. If there is a word on a webpage, I simply select and copy it, then do the above. WFM.