Can I play words diagonally in Scrabble?

This question was answered on 4 Nov 2023 by Stephen Lunt


It is not possible in Scrabble to play words diagonally on the board. Words should only be placed horizontally or vertically per the game rules.

Additionally, if your move forms a diagonal word by hooking letters, this should not be counted towards your score.

What are the correct ways to play a Scrabble word?

The two correct ways to play a word in Scrabble are as follows:

  • Horizontally from left to right or,
  • Vertically from top to bottom.

No other combination of letter placements would be considered a valid move.

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