3rd grade spelling words

100 most used 3rd grade Spelling Words

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As you jump into this spelling words list targeted towards 3rd grade students, you’ll see that the words are getting a bit longer.
Remember, these lists are prepared after thorough research on different national level spelling bee competitions.
Hence, the words are carefully chosen to help 3rd graders with their spelling, vocabulary, and for their future spelling bee endeavors.


This list contains spelling words that are often seen in spelling bees for third graders.
This comprehensive list contains a lot of new words, most of which will seem unknown at first.
The list also introduces a lot of compound words to the students, and also shows them the breakdown of these words into their simpler forms.
The spelling bee word list for 3rd graders will challenge students, and help them overcome those very challenges at the same time.
By studying this list, anyone can easily ace the spelling bee competitions that are specifically organized for third graders. If you want to get more out of this list, be sure to add them to your Spelling Bee Ninja app, and use the Spelling Trainer feature to enjoy some interactive learning experience.
Use this list to train for the spelling bee, organize quizzes at school and improve your vocabulary.

3rd grade Spelling Words

Here is our featured spelling words list for grade 3 students. You can find this list among the featured Spelling Bee Ninja words list and use it to take spelling tests.

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3rd grade Spelling words definitions

Check some definitions for some of the trickiest words of this list, you can get spelling bee related insights for each word by clicking it in the first table.

FuzzTo make drunk. – Fine, light particles or fibers; loose, volatile matter. – To fly off in minute particles.
PropA shell, used as a die. See Props. – To support, or prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; as, to prop up a fence or an old building; (Fig.) to sustain; to maintain; as, to prop a declining state. – That which sustains an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests or leans for support; a support; a stay; as, a prop for a building.
BarefootWith the feet bare; without shoes or stockings.
BatchThe quantity of bread baked at one time. – A quantity of anything produced at one operation; a group or collection of persons or things of the same kind; as, a batch of letters; the next batch of business.
GripThe griffin. – A small ditch or furrow. – To trench; to drain. – An energetic or tenacious grasp; a holding fast; strength in grasping. – A peculiar mode of clasping the hand, by which members of a secret association recognize or greet, one another; as, a masonic grip. – That by which anything is grasped; a handle or gripe; as, the grip of a sword. – A device for grasping or holding fast to something. – To give a grip to; to grasp; to gripe.
HarvestThe gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits, late summer or early autumn. – That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gath//ed; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit. – The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward. – To reap or gather, as any crop.
HowledTo utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do. – To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail. – To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast. – To utter with outcry. – The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound. – A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
ClawA sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird. – The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails; the pinchers of a lobster, crab, etc. – Anything resembling the claw of an animal, as the curved and forked end of a hammer for drawing nails. – A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, as the base of petals of the pink. – To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails. – To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court. – To rail at; to scold. – To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw.
CompostA mixture; a compound. – A mixture for fertilizing land; esp., a composition of various substances (as muck, mold, lime, and stable manure) thoroughly mingled and decomposed, as in a compost heap. – To manure with compost. – To mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost.
TopicalOf or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application; as, a topical remedy; a topical claim or privilege. – Pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics. – Resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument.
LimpTo halt; to walk lamely. Also used figuratively. – A halt; the act of limping. – A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve. – Flaccid; flabby, as flesh. – Lacking stiffness; flimsy; as, a limp cravat.
TulipAny plant of the liliaceous genus Tulipa. Many varieties are cultivated for their beautiful, often variegated flowers.
DullSlow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. – Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward. – Insensible; unfeeling. – Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. – Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror. – Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. – Furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; as, a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day. – To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. – To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like. – To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. – To deprive of liveliness or activity; to render heavy; to make inert; to depress; to weary; to sadden. – To become dull or stupid.
UsherAn officer or servant who has the care of the door of a court, hall, chamber, or the like; hence, an officer whose business it is to introduce strangers, or to walk before a person of rank. Also, one who escorts persons to seats in a church, theater, etc. – An under teacher, or assistant master, in a school. – To introduce or escort, as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger; to forerun; — sometimes followed by in or forth; as, to usher in a stranger; to usher forth the guests; to usher a visitor into the room.
VastWaste; desert; desolate; lonely. – Of great extent; very spacious or large; also, huge in bulk; immense; enormous; as, the vast ocean; vast mountains; the vast empire of Russia. – Very great in numbers, quantity, or amount; as, a vast army; a vast sum of money. – Very great in importance; as, a subject of vast concern. – A waste region; boundless space; immensity.
EyelidThe cover of the eye; that portion of movable skin with which an animal covers or uncovers the eyeball at pleasure.
FireplaceThe part a chimney appropriated to the fire; a hearth; — usually an open recess in a wall, in which a fire may be built.
PadlockA portable lock with a bow which is usually jointed or pivoted at one end so that it can be opened, the other end being fastened by the bolt, — used for fastening by passing the bow through a staple over a hasp or through the links of a chain, etc. – Fig.: A curb; a restraint. – To fasten with, or as with, a padlock; to stop; to shut; to confine as by a padlock.

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