Words with All Vowels

Words with all Vowels

Below are a collection of very interesting words in the English language that are words with all vowels or words with only vowels.  Some of these words with all vowels, some are words with no vowels, some are one voweled words, and some are very long words with only vowels.

In the English language there are only 5 vowels: A, E, I, O, and U.  Some consider Y as a vowel as letters in rare words and some even consider W as a vowel.

Words with Many Vowels

Words consisting entirely of words with many vowels include AA (a type of lava), AE, AI, AIEEE, IAO, OII, EAU, EUOUAE, OE, OO, I, O, A, IO, and UOIAUAI, the last of these being the longest vowel-only word (seven letters).

OUENOUAOU (a stream in the Philippines) has nine letters but only one consonant. It is the longest known place name with only a single consonant.

The most common Websters dictionary word with the most consecutive vowels (six) is EUOUAE. Some  with five vowels consecutively include QUEUEING, AIEEE, COOEEING, MIAOUED, ZAOUIA, JUSSIEUEAN, ZOOEAE, ZOAEAE. The Hawaiian word HOOIAIOIA (meaning certified) has eight consecutive vowels. Allowing proper nouns, URU-EU-UAU-UAU (a Brazilian langugage) has nine vowels in a row, ignoring hyphens.

Here are the longest words consisting entirely of alternating consonants and vowels: 

  • HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS
  • ALUMINOSILICATES
  • EPICORACOHUMERALER
  • HEXOSAMINIDASES,
  •  ICULANIBOKOLAS,
  • PARAROSANILINES,
  • PARASITOLOGICAL,
  • VERISIMILITUDES.

GORAN IVANESEVIC (a top tennis player) is the longest known celebrity name that alternates consonants and vowels. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES is the longest name of a country consisting of alternating vowels and consonants.

Words Containing Few Vowels:

The longest common word without any of the five vowels is RHYTHMS, but there are longer rare words: SYMPHYSY, NYMPHLY, GYPSYRY, GYPSYFY, and TWYNDYLLYNGS. WPPWRMWSTE and GLYCYRRHIZIN are long words with very few vowels.

ASTHMA begins and ends with a vowel and has no other vowels in between. Some less common long words with this property are ISTHMI (alternate plural of isthmus), APHTHA, and ELTCHI.

The longest word in dictionaries having only one vowel is STRENGTHS. The longest word with only one vowel (if repeats are allowed) is CHRONONHOTONTHOLOGOS (twenty letters). STRENGTHLESSNESSES contains only Es and is just two letters shorter.

Words Containing All Five Vowels

There are several words that contain all 5 vowels.  The shortest of these words is EUNOIA – which is defined as alertness of the mind.  But to be fair this word, EUNOIA, is not typically included in a common Western Dictionary.  In the English language there are several other 7 letters words that contain 5 vowels: EQUOIA, EULOGIA, EUCOSIA, MIAOUED, ADOULIE, EUNOMIA, EUTOPIA, MOINEAU, and DOULEIA. The very common French word OISEAU (a type of bird) contains all five vowels, once each.

Shortest word containing all five vowels occurring in alphabetical order is AERIOUS ( which has seven letters. The longest such word is PHRAGELLIORHYNCHUS contains 18 letters. There are two seven-letter words in Portuguese that contain the five vowels in alphabetical order: ACEITOU and ALEIJOU.

SUOIDEA (the taxonomic group to which pigs belong) is the shortest word with the five vowels in reverse alphabetical order. The longest such word is PUNCTOSCHMIDTELLA (a crustacean).

ULTRAREVOLUTIONARIES has each vowel exactly twice. The shortest such word is CUBOIDEONAVICULARE, and the longest, USSOLZEWIECHINOGAMMARUS (a small crustacean).

Do you know of some other words with all vowels, words with few vowels, words with only vowels?  Write in the comments below: