From XI & XU to EX & AX, 2 Letter X Words To Win Scrabble

Last updated 25 February 2024 by Stephen Lunt
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The word XU played on a Scrabble board
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XI

XI is valid to play in Scrabble for 9 points

About the word XI

“Xi” is a quite unique word you won’t see often used in everyday life. It is defined as the 14th letter of the classical and modern Greek alphabet.

It is overall a great word in Scrabble, as it short yet high scoring thanks to the valuable “X” letter tile.. Furthermore, it can be extended with the letter “S” to make “Xis” too. Some longer extensions include words such as “Exit”, “Axil”, “Exist”, and “Toxins” which can be made by combining letters on either side.

Definitions of XI

  • (noun) The 14th letter of Classical and Modern Greek. The 15th in Ancient and Old Greek.
  • (noun) Either of a pair of hyperons having spin 1/2, which decay into a lambda particle and a pion.

Words Containing XI

  • xis 10
  • axil 11
  • axis 11
  • exit 11
  • ixia 11
  • taxi 11
  • dixi 12
  • oxid 12
  • maxi 13
  • oxic 13
  • oxim 13
  • auxin 12
  • axial 12
  • axile 12
  • axils 12
  • axion 12
  • axite 12
  • exies 12
  • exile 12
  • exine 12
  • exist 12
  • exits 12
  • ixias 12
  • lexis 12
  • nixie 12
  • More XI words

EX

EX is valid to play in Scrabble for 9 points

About the word EX

The meaning of “ex” is something that is in the past or a former of something. Its most popular usage is in relation to a person’s former spouse, lover, or partner (i.e., ex-partner, ex-wife, or ex-husband). For example, in a sentence, “I used to love playing Scrabble with my ex-husband.”

However, ex’s usage does not just limit itself to people, it can be used in different contexts such as “my ex-job” or “I’m an ex-hockey player.” Additionally, some synonyms of ex include former, previous, and past.

If you happen to have a “Z” letter tile, a great extension of this word to max out on points is “Zex” worth 19 points altogether. Alternatively, some three-letter words which can be made with “ex” include “wex”, “vex”, and “hex”.

Definitions of EX

  • (noun) The name of the Latin-script letter X.
  • (verb) To delete; to cross out
  • (noun) A former partner or spouse, usually short for ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend, ex-wife or ex-husband.

Words Containing EX

  • exo 10
  • lex 10
  • rex 10
  • tex 10
  • dex 11
  • hex 13
  • vex 13
  • wex 13
  • yex 13
  • kex 14
  • zex 19
  • exes 11
  • exit 11
  • exon 11
  • exul 11
  • ilex 11
  • next 11
  • sext 11
  • text 11
  • ulex 11
  • exed 12
  • grex 12
  • apex 13
  • exam 13
  • exec 13
  • More EX words

XU

XU is valid to play in Scrabble for 9 points

About the word XU

Xu is an uncommon word that’s defined as a formerly used monetary unit of Vietnam worth one-hundredth of a dong.

It is not possible to extend the word Xu in Scrabble without adding letters to both the beginning and end of the word to create a whole new word. The closest extensions are “Exul” for 11 points or “Exude” for 13 points. “Mixup” is an interesting playoff “xu” to create a 5-letter word worth a tremendous 16 points.

Definitions of XU

  • (noun) A minor unit of currency in Vietnam, now little-used, forming a hundredth of a dong.

Words Containing XU

  • exul 11
  • exuls 12
  • exult 12
  • nexus 12
  • taxus 12
  • exude 13
  • exurb 14
  • mixup 16
  • exults 13
  • exudes 14
  • exuded 15
  • exurbs 15
  • plexus 15
  • exuvia 16
  • fixure 16
  • luxury 16
  • mixups 17
  • asexual 14
  • nexuses 14
  • exudate 15
  • exulled 15
  • exulted 15
  • exuding 16
  • exurban 16
  • exurbia 16
  • More XU words

OX

OX is valid to play in Scrabble for 9 points

About the word OX

Ox’s definition and meaning is a breed of bull of the genus Bos. Synonyms of ox include “wild ox,” “oxen,” and “bos taurus.” An example sentence with the word ox is, “Have you seen the ox in the field over there?”

Luckily for Scrabble players, ox is a highly expandable word that can be played off easily. Some of the three-letter words that can be made from ox include “box,” “cox,” “fox,” “hox,” “vox,” and “wox.” I recommend that all players remember this word for Scrabble as it can help you use the X tile more easily.

Definitions of OX

  • (noun) An adult castrated male of cattle (B. taurus).
  • (noun) Any bovine animal (genus Bos). A neat, a beef.

Words Containing OX

  • lox 10
  • nox 10
  • oxo 10
  • sox 10
  • dox 11
  • gox 11
  • box 12
  • cox 12
  • pox 12
  • fox 13
  • hox 13
  • oxy 13
  • vox 13
  • wox 13
  • oxen 11
  • oxer 11
  • oxes 11
  • oxid 12
  • coxa 13
  • moxa 13
  • oxic 13
  • oxim 13
  • flox 14
  • doxy 15
  • boxy 16
  • More OX words

AX

AX is valid to play in Scrabble for 9 points

About the word AX

An ax is a tool for chopping wood, traditionally consisting of a heavy metal head with a sharp blade and wooden handle. For UK readers, “ax” is the US spelling of the word “axe”.

Despite being a US spelling, “Ax” is acceptable to be played across all game dictionaries regardless of country. It’s an excellent word to play in Scrabble as it’s short and uses the high-scoring tile “X”, bringing the overall score to 9 points.

Ax can be extended to make the words “Axe”, “Axel”, “Axis”, and “Axes” as well as many other words. Its synonyms include words such as “Hatchet”, “Cleaver”, and “Tomahawk”.

The word AX played on a Scrabble board

Definitions of AX

  • (noun) A tool for felling trees or chopping wood etc. consisting of a heavy head flattened to a blade on one side, and a handle attached to it.
  • (noun) An ancient weapon consisting of a head that has one or two blades and a long handle.
  • (verb) To fell or chop with an axe.
  • (verb) To lay off, terminate or drastically reduce, especially in a rough or ruthless manner; to cancel.
  • (noun) The axle of a wheel.

Example Sentences

  • “While exploring the ancient ruins, he discovered a rusted AX that once belonged to a skilled blacksmith.”
  • “As the lumberjack swung the AX, the crisp sound of wood splitting echoed through the forest.”

Words Containing AX

  • axe 10
  • lax 10
  • rax 10
  • sax 10
  • tax 10
  • max 12
  • pax 12
  • fax 13
  • vax 13
  • wax 13
  • zax 19
  • axal 11
  • axel 11
  • axes 11
  • axil 11
  • axis 11
  • axle 11
  • axon 11
  • saxe 11
  • taxa 11
  • taxi 11
  • axed 12
  • coax 13
  • maxi 13
  • flax 14
  • More AX words

Word definition sourced from Wiktionary under CC BY-SA 4.0. We verify the validity of the words discussed in this article against our own data and official Scrabble dictionaries such as the NASPA Word List and SOWPODS (Collins Scrabble Words).

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