100+ better words for "Said"

➡️  Enrich your book by substituting the word “said” with other verbs. Depending on the context, these can be positive, negative, neutral, inquisitive or responsive.

➡️  Positive words include “joked,” “proclaimed,” and “remarked.” You can also use “laughed,” “vowed,” or “chortled.”

➡️  Negative words include “groaned,” “scoffed,” and “complained.” Other options include “grumbled” and “apologised”.

Writing dialogues can get stagnant. Words like 'said' can probably find their way many times in a single paragraph. Plus, that word itself isn't the most creative per se. It doesn't convey much emotion.

There are so many better words for 'said' that can enrich your vocabulary and make your writing that much more colourful.

Positive words for "said"

Applauded

Approved

Assured

Babbled

Bantered

Beamed

Blathered

Blithered

Boasted

Bragged

Bubbled

Cheered

Chortled

Chorused

Chuckled

Comforted

Confided

Congratulated 

Consoled

Cooed

Crowed

Encouraged

Giggled 

Greeted

Hooted

Jabbered

Jested

Joked

Laughed

Marvelled

Nodded

Offered

Piped

Praised

Prattled

Preened

Proclaimed

Professed

Promised

Quipped

Reassured

Reckoned

Remarked

Remembered

Sang

Smiled

Soothed

Spoke

Teased

Vowed

Yakked

Negative words for "said"

Agonised

Apologised

Bawled

Bleated

Blubbered

Complained

Condemned

Cried

Criticised

Fretted

Grieved

Groaned

Groused

Grumbled

Grunted

Lamented

Mewled

Moaned

Mocked

Mumbled

Rasped

Rejoined

Retorted

Scoffed

Smirked

Snapped

Whined

Neutral words for "said"

Acknowledged

Added

Agreed

Announced

Articulated

Asserted

Began

Blurted

Called

Commented

Communicated

Conferred

Considered

Contended

Declared

Denoted

Drawled

Emitted

Ended

Enunciated

Expressed

Interjected

Mentioned

Noted

Observed

Orated

Predicted

Pronounced

Quipped

Recited

Reckoned

Related

Remarked

Repeated

Replied

Responded

Shared

Stated

Told

Uttered

Vocalised

Voiced

Words that ask a question

Asked

Begged

Challenged

Contemplated

Guessed

Hinted

Hypothesised

Implied

Inquired

Interrogated

Invited

Mouthed

Mused

Pleaded

Pondered

Probed

Proposed

Puzzled

Repeated

Requested

Requisitioned

Queried

Questioned

Quizzed

Solicited

Speculated

Wondered

Words that give an answer

Accepted

Advised

Affirmed

Alleged

Answered

Assured

Avowed

Claimed

Conceded

Concluded

Confided

Confirmed

Explained

Disclosed

Disseminated

Divulged

Imparted

Informed

Indicated

Maintained

Notified

Offered

Passed on

Proffered

Promised

Promulgated

Released

Reported

Revealed

Shared

Specified

Speculated

Supposed

Testified

Transmitted

Verified

Crafting great dialogues

Using more different words for "said" would ultimately improve the way your story reads, and would add more depth to it. Here you have more than a hundred new words you can use to improve how the characters engage with the setting of a scene and reveal their emotions.

Your richer vocabulary will paint a better picture and give readers and a clearer sense of proximity and distance of characters, and what their thoughts and feelings are.

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