WordWeb is an excellent free locally installed dictionary/thesaurus that instantly provides users with word definitions and synonyms:
- One-click lookup in almost any Windows program
- Hundreds of thousands of definitions and synonyms
- The latest international English words
- Works offline, or reference to Wikipedia and web references
WordWeb works with just about anything that contains text including both local and online. Simply right-click any word while holding down the Ctrl key and WordWeb pops up with all the relevant information. Alternatively, you can highlight a word and then click the WordWeb icon in the system tray.
WordWeb includes a full dictionary and thesaurus for American, British, Canadian, Australian, Indian, and global English, and also includes an “audio” feature whereby users can hear the word pronounced — either click the speaker icon across the top of the interface or use the keyboard combination Ctrl + S
If you’d prefer to run WordWeb as a portable program, that can be achieved via options available when running the installer. Download the installer edition and run as per normal:
In the first window click, Accept and files will then be extracted. In the following window click the Advanced options button:
In the next window enable the option to Install as portable and click OK:
Use the Browse button under “Folder” to select your preferred location and then click Next.
NOTE: The option to auto-start WordWeb with Windows is not available (greyed out) in the portable version. To overcome this, create a shortcut to the executable in the following folder:
(replace <user> with your username)
WordWeb is among the first applications I always install on any new system, so useful to instantly check word meanings and correct word usage. An absolute time saver — highly recommended.