List of Words With 11 Silent Letters in English

In an alphabetic writing system, a silent letter is a letter that, in a particular word, does not correspond to any sound in the word's pronunciation.


1. Slient B

  • Bomb /bɒm/
  • Climb /klaɪm/
  • Comb /kəʊm/
  • Crumb /krʌm/
  • Debt /det/
  • Doubt /daʊt/
  • Dumb /dʌm/
  • Lamb /læm/
  • Limb /lɪm/
  • Plumber /ˈplʌmər/
  • Subtle /ˈsʌtl/
  • Thumb /θʌm/
  • Tomb /tuːm/
  • Womb /wuːm/

2. Silent C

  • Ascend /əˈsend/
  • Ascent /əˈsent/
  • Crescent /ˈkresnt/
  • Descend /dɪˈsend/
  • Descent /dɪˈsent
  • Disciple /dɪˈsaɪpl/
  • Fluorescent /ˌflɔːˈresnt/
  • Muscle /ˈmʌsl/
  • Obscene /əbˈsiːn/
  • Resuscitate  /rɪˈsʌsɪteɪt/
  • Scenario /səˈnærioʊ/
  • Scene /siːn/
  • Scent /sent/
  • Science /ˈsaɪəns /
  • Scissors /ˈsɪzərz/

3. Silent D

  • Wednesday /ˈwenzdeɪ/
  • Sandwich  /ˈsænwɪtʃ/
  • Handkerchief /ˈhæŋkərtʃɪf/
  • Handsome /ˈhænsəm/

4. Silent G

  • Align /əˈlaɪn/
  • Assign /əˈsaɪn/
  • Benign /bɪˈnaɪn/
  • Campaign /kæmˈpeɪn/
  • Champagne /ʃæmˈpeɪn/
  • Cologne /kəˈloʊn/
  • Consign /kənˈsaɪn/
  • Design /dɪˈzaɪn/
  • Feign  /feɪn/
  • Foreign /ˈfɔːrən/
  • Gnarly /ˈnɑːrli/
  • Gnome /noʊm/
  • Reign /reɪn/
  • Resign /rɪˈzaɪn/
  • Sign /saɪn/

5. Silent H

  • Ache  /eɪk/
  • Anchor /ˈæŋkər/
  • Archaeology /ˌɑːrkiˈɑːlədʒi/
  • Architect /ˈɑːrkɪtekt/
  • Chaos /ˈkeɪɑːs/
  • Character /ˈkærəktər/
  • Charisma /kəˈrɪzmə/
  • Chemical /ˈkemɪkl/
  • Chlorine /ˈklɔːriːn/
  • Choir /ˈkwaɪər/
  • Chord /kɔːrd/
  • Choreograph /ˈkɔːriəɡræf
  • Chrome /kroʊm/
  • Echo /ˈekoʊ/
  • Ghost  /ɡoʊst/
  • Hour /ˈaʊər/
  • Honest /ˈɑːnɪst/
  • Mechanic /məˈkænɪk/
  • Monarchy /ˈmɑːnərki/
  • Orchestra /ˈɔːrkɪstrə/
  • Psychic /ˈsaɪkɪk/
  • Scheme /skiːm/
  • School /skuːl/
  • Stomach ˈstʌmək/
  • Tech /tek/

6. Silent K

  • Knack /næk/
  • Knead /niːd/
  • Knee /niː/
  • Kneel /niːl/
  • Knew /nuː/
  • Knickers  /ˈnɪkərz/
  • Knife /naɪf/
  • Knight  /naɪt/
  • Knit /nɪt/
  • Knob /nɑːb/
  • Knock /nɑːk/
  • Knot /nɑːt/
  • Know /noʊ/
  • Knowledge  /ˈnɑːlɪdʒ/
  • Knuckle /ˈnʌkl/

7. Silent P

  • Psychic /ˈsaɪkɪk/
  • Psychology /saɪˈkɑːlədʒi/
  • Pneumonia /nuːˈmoʊniə/
  • Pseudo /ˈsuːdoʊ/
  • Psychiatrist /saɪˈkaɪətrɪst
  • Psychotherapy /ˌsaɪkoʊˈθerəpi/
  • Psychotic /saɪˈkɑːtɪk/
  • Receipt /rɪˈsiːt/

8. Silent L

  • Almond /ˈɑːmənd/
  • Balm /bɑːm/
  • Calf /kæf/
  • Calm /kɑːm/
  • Chalk /tʃɔːk/
  • Could /kəd/
  • Folk /foʊk/ 
  • Half /hæf/
  • Salmon /ˈsæmən/
  • Should /ʃəd/
  • Talk /tɔːk/
  • Walk /wɔːk/
  • Would /wʊd/

9. Silent T

  • Apostle /əˈpɑːsl/
  • Bristle   /ˈbrɪsl/
  • Bustle /ˈbʌsl/
  • Castle  /ˈkæsl/
  • Fasten /ˈfæsn/
  • Glisten /ˈɡlɪsn/
  • Hustle /ˈhʌsl/
  • Listen /ˈlɪsn/
  • Moisten /ˈmɔɪsn/
  • Mortgage /ˈmɔːrɡɪdʒ/
  • Often  /ˈɔːfn/
  • Nestle /ˈnesl/
  • Rustle  /ˈrʌsl/
  • Soften /ˈsɔːfn/
  • Thistle  /ˈθɪsl/
  • Whistle /ˈwɪsl/
  • Wrestle /ˈresl/

10. Silent U

  • Baguette /bæˈɡet/
  • Biscuit /ˈbɪskɪt/
  • Build /bɪld/
  • Built /bɪlt/
  • Circuit /ˈsɜːrkɪt/
  • Disguise  /dɪsˈɡaɪz/
  • Guard /ɡɑːrd/
  • Guess /ɡes/
  • Guest /ɡest/
  • Guild /ɡɪld/ 
  • Guile   /ɡaɪl/
  • Guilt /ɡɪlt/
  • Guitar /ɡɪˈtɑːr/
  • Silhouette /ˌsɪluˈet/

11. Silent W

  • Answer  /ˈænsər/
  • Awry /əˈraɪ/
  • Playwright /ˈpleɪraɪt/
  • Sword /sɔːrd/
  • Whole /hoʊl/
  • Wrack /ræk/
  • Wrap /ræp
  • Wrapper /ˈræpər/
  • Wrath /ræθ/
  • Wreath /riːθ/
  • Wreck /rek/
  • Wreckage /ˈrekɪdʒ/
  • Wrench /rentʃ/
  • Wrestle /ˈresl/
  • Wretched /ˈretʃɪd/
  • Wriggle /ˈrɪɡl/
  • Wring /rɪŋ/
  • Wrinkle /ˈrɪŋkl/
  • Wrist /rɪst/
  • Write /raɪt/
  • Wrong /rɔːŋ/

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