The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use and 47,156 obsolete words. 9,500 derivative words included are considered subentries. More than half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs - the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc.… Continue reading 1 word = 179 meanings