What is the best dictionary for word lovers?

A fun or witty definition can make you learn to appreciate—or even reevaluate—words you might have written off. Is your dictionary holding back your writing style?

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All word enthusiasts have their own favorite online or in-print dictionaries.

I’ve always been loyal devotee of the Oxford English Dictionary, but now there’s a new dictionary in my life. It’s not you OED; it’s me.

The Chambers Dictionary is described as the “most useful and diverting single-volume word-hoard available.” It is also the preferred dictionary of literary heavyweights Philip Pullman, Melvyn Bragg and Ali Smith.

The dictionary contains more entries than any other single-volume English dictionary, with definitions that are short, to-the-point, and quirky. The tone is less than objective and entries are often obscure or controversial. Others are witty or caustic.

They’re also really fun.

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