The most searched thesaurus word in every state

  • People often use thesauruses to make their language more colourful.
  • INSIDER Data rounded up the most searched thesaurus word in every state, according to Merriam Webster.
  • From “smuggler” to “elite,” Americans are truly seeking to make their language more interesting.

People often use online thesauruses to make their language more colourful or find synonyms that will make them sound smarter. They can be useful tools when writing resumes or just writing for fun.

INSIDER Data rounded up the most searched thesaurus word in every state, according to Merriam Webster. Here are 50 words that people across the country are always looking for new ways to express.


ALABAMA: “Notice”

Guang Niu/Getty ImagesThe child was surprised by the parade.

The rest of the top five:

2. Unsurpassed

3. Carefree

4. Innocent

5. Accountable


ALASKA: “Passion”

Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesFigure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada displayed passion during their Olympic routine in Pyeongchang.

The rest of the top five:

2. Register

3. Accident

4. Attempt

5. Belligerence


ARIZONA: “Stymie”

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe road was stymied by a traffic jam.

The rest of the top five:

2. Feel

3. Interpreter

4. Capable

5. Fun


ARKANSAS: “Romanticize”

Maridav / ShutterstockMovies romanticize relationships, but they take hard work.

The rest of the top five:

2. Divine

3. Kloof

4. Effect

5. Execute


CALIFORNIA: “Support”

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesBill and Melinda Gates support a number of charities.

The rest of the top five:

2. Nice

3. Quality

4. Challenge

5. Love


COLORADO: “Splendor”

Rob Stothard/Getty ImagesVisitors to Buckingham Palace can take in its splendor.

The rest of the top five:

2. Content

3. Pretty

4. Ashen

5. Banishment


CONNECTICUT: “Joyous”

Hinterhaus Productions/Getty ImagesThe wedding was a joyous occasion.

The rest of the top five:

2. Loud

3. Poor

4. Depressed

5. Argument


DELAWARE: “Energised”

The rest of the top five:

2. Large

3. Severity

4. Speech

5. Analyse


FLORIDA: “Different”

The rest of the top five:

2. Focus

3. Important

4. Context

5. Evolve


GEORGIA: “Culture”

Skye Gould/Business InsiderEvery culture has different holidays.

The rest of the top five:

2. Great

3. Razzle

4. Mad

5. Musical


HAWAII: “Agree”

Justin Sullivan/GettyThey agreed on a deal and shook on it.

The rest of the top five:

2. Amazing

3. Meaningful

4. Punishment

5. Aperture


IDAHO: “Reason”

Joe Raedle / GettyThe customer decided to try a new shampoo, the reason being it was less expensive.

The rest of the top five:

2. Treachery

3. Conclusive

4. Devour

5. Emblem


ILLINOIS: “Hallway”

Eviled/ShutterstockHallways on cruise ships are narrow.

The rest of the top five:

2. Blissful

3. Impactful

4. Learn

5. Change


INDIANA: “Empty”

Getty/manonallardThe classroom was empty in July.

The rest of the top five:

2. Scepticism

3. Contrast

4. Debate

5. Appall


IOWA: “Run”

ShutterstockDogs love to run outside.

The rest of the top five:

2. Dangerous

3. Hatred

4. Personal

5. Relaxed


KANSAS: “Dangerous”

Wikimedia CommonsQuicksand is dangerous.

The rest of the top five:

2. Romanticize

3. Divine

4. Kloof

5. OK


KENTUCKY: “Endemic”

Dennis van de Water/ShutterstockMalaria is a disease usually endemic to tropical areas.

The rest of the top five:

2. Smart

3. Appreciate

4. Fear

5. Accompanies


LOUISIANA: “Chronology”

Yevgen Timashov/Getty ImagesFamily history follows chronology.

The rest of the top five:

2. Calm

3. Conviction

4. Artist

5. Blockade


MAINE: “Comfortable”

Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesPlane seats aren’t the most comfortable.

The rest of the top five:

2. Coexist

3. Decision

4. Dependable

5. Down-to-earthness


MARYLAND: “Argue”

Pool / Getty ImagesLawyers argue their case in front of a court.

The rest of the top five:

2. Common

3. Scary

4. Silly

5. Absolute


MASSACHUSETTS: “Experience”

Handout/Getty ImagesGoing to Disney World is a memorable experience.

The rest of the top five:

2. Fail

3. True

4. Challenge

5. Excited


MICHIGAN: “Clear”

Dave Kotinsky/GettyThe wine was visible through the clear glasses.

The rest of the top five:

2. Pain

3. Timeliness

4. Allude

5. Elephant


MINNESOTA: “Communicate”

Getty ImagesCouples therapy can help couples communicate.

The rest of the top five:

2. Fathom

3. Sprout

4. Bold

5. Commemorate


MISSISSIPPI: “Loud”

Franck Prevel/GettyMegaphones make voices loud so that crowds can hear.

The rest of the top five:

2. Avert

3. Hold

4. Create

5. Immovable


MISSOURI: “Angry”

Adam Berry/Getty ImagesPeople at protests are usually angry.

The rest of the top five:

2. Opportunity

3. Spirit

4. Environment

5. Experience


MONTANA: “Bully”

The rest of the top five:

2. Empire

3. Permission

4. Connection

5. Degradation


NEBRASKA: “Compassion”

ShuttershockIt’s important to show compassion when someone is upset.

The rest of the top five:

2. Discard

3. Learn

4. Actualize

5. Desire


NEVADA: “Sauciness”

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesThe sauciness of Jennifer Lopez’s routines makes her a dance icon.

The rest of the top five:

2. Exotic

3. Wind

4. Acclimate

5. Active


NEW HAMPSHIRE: “Eye-opening”

nd3000/ShutterstockThe patient’s visit to the optometrist was eye opening.

The rest of the top five:

2. Filled

3. Guilt

4. Heartwarming

5. Important


NEW JERSEY: “Volatile”

Getty Images/Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey LeagueThe referee’s unpopular call resulted in a volatile crowd.

The rest of the top five:

2. Exhibition

3. Teamwork

4. Firstly

5. Veracious


NEW MEXICO: “Introverted”

Amazon, Getty ImagesSusan Cain’s book ‘Quiet’ talks about the power of introverts.

The rest of the top five:

2. Defiant

3. Manage

4. Pharaoh

5. Voluptuary


NEW YORK: “Experience”

David Phan/FlickrTourists come from around the world to experience Times Square.

The rest of the top five:

2. Test

3. Pessimist

4. Foreign

5. Big


NORTH CAROLINA: “Copious”

David Paul Morris/Getty ImagesIt’s easy to consume copious amounts of jelly beans.

The rest of the top five:

2. Conscientious

3. Value

4. Divulge

5. Discipline


NORTH DAKOTA: “Moody”

The rest of the top five:

2. Chastisement

3. Enhance

4. Palpable

5. Protection


OHIO: “Leader”

Andrew Winning – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth is the UK’s longest-serving monarch as leader of the Commonwealth.

The rest of the top five:

2. Dissonance

3. Educated

4. Acrid

5. Calendar


OKLAHOMA: “Eloquent”

Matej Kastelic/ShutterstockThe speaker gave an eloquent presentation at the business conference.

The rest of the top five:

2. History

3. Positive

4. Laceration

5. Succeed


OREGON: “Back talk”

Getty Images/Sean GallupKids have been known to respond to their parents with attitude and back talk.

The rest of the top five:

2. Confidence

3. Devotion

4. Expert

5. Injury


PENNSYLVANIA: “Sin”

The rest of the top five:

2. Vitality

3. Believe

4. Either

5. Self-absorbed


RHODE ISLAND: “Adventure”

Dmitrii Erekhinskii/ShutterstockHiking up a waterfall is an adventure.

The rest of the top five:

2. Alone

3. Calm

4. Challenge

5. Handsome


SOUTH CAROLINA: “Pecuniary”

The rest of the top five:

2. Acquiesce

3. Argue

4. Big

5. Ensure


SOUTH DAKOTA: “Elite”

US Navy PhotoThe Navy SEALs are an elite unit of the US military.

The rest of the top five:

2. Embarrass

3. Greed

4. Identity

5. Strained


TENNESSEE: “Admonish”

ShutterstockThe child was admonished with a time out.

The rest of the top five:

2. Gist

3. Enjoy

4. Futile

5. Vibrancy


TEXAS: “Negative”

Shutterstock.comSome people like hiking in negative temperatures.

The rest of the top five:

2. Fun

3. Manage

4. Collaborate

5. Change


UTAH: “Malice”

Air ForceThe dog attacked with malice.

The rest of the top five:

2. Natural

3. Bellicosity

4. Listless

5. Bad


VERMONT: “Amazing”

Jason Patrick Ross/ShutterstockThe Grand Canyon is an amazing sight.

The rest of the top five:

2. Ancestry

3. Feet

4. Given

5. Lawyer


VIRGINIA: “Kind”

The rest of the top five:

2. Stomp

3. Bicker

4. Frolic

5. Urbane


WASHINGTON: “Snowflakes”

The rest of the top five:

2. Alarming

3. Challenge

4. Inherently

5. Opiate


WEST VIRGINIA: “Detail”

1dayreview.com/Flickr/CC BY 2.0Good writing is all about the details.

The rest of the top five:

2. Ill-tempered

3. Affiliation

4. Disabled

5. Hook


WISCONSIN: “Analyse”

Thomas Lohnes/Getty ImagesThe college student received an assignment to analyse a poem.

The rest of the top five:

2. Process

3. Bestow

4. Grateful

5. Happy


WYOMING: “Smuggler”

The rest of the top five:

2. Ailment

3. Appreciate

4. Awash

5. Awesome

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