Looking for 5 letter words where just the vowel is different.

Eg. Bland, blind, blend

but to cover all 5 vowels.


2 Answers 2


There's several options for you, and which you consider valid would differ from anyone else.

So in the vein of teaching you to fish, here is your question as a Qat search on Quinapalus


The initial search, without the length check is actually one of the examples given in the About Qat page.

Naively I added |AaB|=5 for each vowel, which is not permitted. So instead I have one check that |AB|=4.

This is as far as it got for the UKACD dictionary:

b·a·lls b·e·lls b·i·lls b·o·lls b·u·lls
b·a·nds b·e·nds b·i·nds b·o·nds b·u·nds
b·a·tty b·e·tty b·i·tty b·o·tty b·u·tty
c·a·res c·e·res c·i·res c·o·res c·u·res
c·a·tes c·e·tes c·i·tes c·o·tes c·u·tes
g·a·lly g·e·lly g·i·lly g·o·lly g·u·lly
h·a·cks h·e·cks h·i·cks h·o·cks h·u·cks
h·a·llo h·e·llo h·i·llo h·o·llo h·u·llo
m·a·lls m·e·lls m·i·lls m·o·lls m·u·lls
m·a·res m·e·res m·i·res m·o·res m·u·res
m·a·ses m·e·ses m·i·ses m·o·ses m·u·ses
m·a·ssy m·e·ssy m·i·ssy m·o·ssy m·u·ssy
m·a·tes m·e·tes m·i·tes m·o·tes m·u·tes
p·a·cks p·e·cks p·i·cks p·o·cks p·u·cks
p·a·nts p·e·nts p·i·nts p·o·nts p·u·nts
p·a·ppy p·e·ppy p·i·ppy p·o·ppy p·u·ppy
r·a·cks r·e·cks r·i·cks r·o·cks r·u·cks
cl·a·ck cl·e·ck cl·i·ck cl·o·ck cl·u·ck
sn·a·bs sn·e·bs sn·i·bs sn·o·bs sn·u·bs
tr·a·ck tr·e·ck tr·i·ck tr·o·ck tr·u·ck
man·a·s man·e·s man·i·s man·o·s man·u·s
min·a·s min·e·s min·i·s min·o·s min·u·s

It's possible there's more solutions, but the page times out:

Total solutions found: 22 in 14.380s

But that's all it found

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    $\begingroup$ That's not a timeout - it'll give you a more direct message if it times out. That's just telling you how long it took to finish. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Apr 3, 2023 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ Some other dictionaries reports timeout, however some find 30 or more solutions. $\endgroup$
    – z100
    Apr 3, 2023 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi ahhh good to know! $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2023 at 8:44

14 seconds? Pshaw! I found 20 results in 0.08 seconds from a word collection I have and a search program I wrote. Those not included in another answer and listed in Merriam-Webster are

bally belly billy bolly bully
chack check chick chock chuck


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