Able in Scrabble Dictionary

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Is able a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word able is a Scrabble US word. The word able is worth 6 points in Scrabble:

A1B3L1E1

Is able a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word able is a Scrabble UK word and has 6 points:

A1B3L1E1

Is able a Words With Friends word?

Yes. The word able is a Words With Friends word. The word able is worth 8 points in Words With Friends (WWF):

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Valid words made from Able

You can make 19 words from 'able' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


4 letters words from 'able'

ABLE 6ALBE 6
BAEL 6BALE 6
BLAE 6 

3 letters words from 'able'

ALB 5ALE 3
BAL 5BEL 5
LAB 5LEA 3

2 letters words from 'able'

AB 4AE 2
AL 2BA 4
BE 4EA 2
EL 2LA 2

All 4 letters words made out of able

able bale albe labe blae lbae abel bael aebl eabl beal ebal aleb laeb aelb ealb leab elab blea lbea bela ebla leba elba

Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word able. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in able.

Definitions and meaning of able

able

Alternative forms

  • (obsolete) hable

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.bl̩/, /ˈeɪ.bəl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪbəl
  • Homophone: Abel

Etymology 1

From Middle English able, from Old Northern French able, variant of Old French abile, habile, from Latin habilis (easily managed, held, or handled; apt; skillful), from habeō (have, possess) +‎ -ibilis.

Adjective

able (comparative abler, superlative ablest)

  1. (obsolete) Easy to use. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]
  2. (obsolete) Suitable; competent. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 18th century.]
  3. (obsolete, dialectal) Liable to. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  4. Having the necessary powers or the needed resources to accomplish a task. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  5. Free from constraints preventing completion of task; permitted to; not prevented from. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470).]
  6. (obsolete, dialectal) Having the physical strength; robust; healthy. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  7. (obsolete) Rich; well-to-do. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 19th century.]
  8. Gifted with skill, intelligence, knowledge, or competence. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  9. (law) Legally qualified or competent. [First attested in the early 18th century.]
  10. (nautical) Capable of performing all the requisite duties; as an able seaman. [First attested in the late 18th century.]
Synonyms
  • See also Thesaurus:skillful
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English ablen, from Middle English able (adjective).

Verb

able (third-person singular simple present ables, present participle abling, simple past and past participle abled)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To make ready. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 16th century.]
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To make capable; to enable. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 19th century.]
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To dress. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.]
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.]
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To vouch for; to guarantee. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.]
    • vi
      None does offend, none....I’ll able ’em.
Derived terms
  • abled
Translations

Etymology 3

From the first letter of the word. Suggested in the 1916 United States Army Signal Book to distinguish the letter when communicating via telephone, and later adopted in other radio and telephone signal standards.

Noun

able (uncountable)

  1. (military) The letter "A" in Navy Phonetic Alphabet.

References

Anagrams

  • Abel, Bale, Beal, Blea, Ebla, Elba, albe, bael, bale, beal, blea

French

Noun

able m (plural ables)

  1. a vernacular name of the common bleak (usually called ablette)
  2. a vernacular name of the sunbleak or moderlieschen, also called able de Heckel
  3. (rare) a vernacular name of any of some other related fishes in the genus Alburnus (Cyprinidae)

Further reading

  • “able” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • Abel, Bâle, béal, bêla

Old French

Alternative forms

  • abile
  • abille
  • habile

Etymology

Latin habilis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈa.blə/

Adjective

able m (oblique and nominative feminine singular able)

  1. able; capable

Declension

Descendants

  • English: able
  • French: habile (from habile)

Scots

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ebl/
  • (South Scots) IPA(key): /jɪbl/

Adjective

able (comparative mair able, superlative maist able)

  1. able, substantial, physically fit, strong, shrewd, cute
  2. (obsolete) well-to-do, rich

Source: wiktionary.org
  • competent.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)