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Is “Ow” a Scrabble Word?

Yes Ow is valid in Scrabble for 5 points

Ow is an allowed word in the game Scrabble. It’s only two-letter long but worth a total of 5 points made up of 1 point for the letter “O” and 4 points for the “W” letter tile. The word ow’s meaning is an expression of pain, such as “Ow, I hit my knee”. Alternatively, ow could be used as an expression of realisation or surprise, for example “Ow, so you can play that word in Scrabble. I thought it was a no go”. Some great three-letter words can be made by placing a letter in front of “ow”, our favourites are “how”, “jow”, “vow”, and “wow”.

Definition of Ow


  • An expression of one's own physical pain.
  • An expression in sympathy at another's pain.
  • A reply to an insult seen as savage (frequently one that is tongue-in-cheek or joking).


  • Used for emotional emphasis.

Definition from ow by Wiktionary, used under CC BY-SA 4.0.

How Many Points is Ow Worth?

Ow is a 2-letter word made up of the letter tiles O: 1, W: 4. Its points breakdown is as follows:

  • With no multipliers, Ow is worth 5 points.
  • On a double-word square, Ow is worth 10 points.
  • On a triple-word square, Ow is worth 15 points.

Single Letter Extensions of “Ow”

Potential ways to expand “Ow” using a single letter include:

Words With “OW”

Words containing “OW” at the start, middle, or end include:

See our full list of words with “OW” for more suggestions.

More 2 Letter O Words

2-Letter O words which you could play in Scrabble as an alternative to Ow:

Check out our list of all 2 letter words with O.

About This Page

This word page takes a deep dive into the word “Ow” in the context of Scrabble to discuss if it is valid, its points score, definition, extensions, similar words, and more.

We hope you find this information helpful for learning and discovering new words to play in Scrabble.

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Category: Scrabble Words

Last updated: 19 April 2023

Author: Stephen

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