What Does Yellow Mean in Wordle?

February 8, 2024
David Sunnyside

Wordle is sweeping the internet, offering a quick daily word puzzle challenge and the chance to show off to your social media followers with a gloat-worthy success. However, for new players the game can be confusing. Upon guessing a word, the letters in the grid can change colour to green, yellow or gray. But what does each colour mean?

Green means the letter is in the correct spot in the word. Yellow means the letter is in the word but in the wrong spot. Yellow is helpful as it narrows down the remaining possibilities, but can be frustrating if a player isn’t able to deduce the right word.

Getting two yellow letters isn’t necessarily luck — it can also be a sign that you correctly identified letters that are likely not adjacent in the solution word. This type of feedback is useful in guiding future follow-up guesses and in reducing the time it takes to reach the green letters.

A gray tile means the letter isn’t in the word at all. It’s important to avoid repeating guesses that produce two yellow letters, as this won’t yield any further information about the correct placement of those letters in the answer word. Instead, try a different guess that can utilize those letters in a different position in the word. This will be a more accurate way to locate the correct location for those letters in the word. This will also reduce the amount of time it takes to find the correct word.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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