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What is the longest English word, e.g. “someword” where “s”, “so”, “som”… “someword” are all also valid English words?

The longest such word I could come up with is 6 letters:

antics

Can you do better?

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If we consider standard English words that would appear in a Scrabble dictionary, the maximum seems to be

SEVEN
I found 4 of them: ABASERS, AMIDOLS, AMUSERS, and ANTICKS

If we expand this to words, acronyms, names, and abbreviations used in English, this becomes open ended and arbitrary, however I did find one (and only one) decent candidate of length

TEN: MACHINERYS
M: English abbreviation for meter, 1000 in Roman Numerals, the letter M itself, etc.
MA: Synonym for mom
MAC: Type of computer
MACH: A speed
MACHI: A shaman (valid in WordFued, e.g.)
MACHIN: An animal
MACHINE
MACHINER: One who works a machine
MACHINERY
MACHINERYS (MACHINERY'S) Possessive form of MACHINERY

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Using this word list, I can find twenty-five words of length

nine.
To get an idea of how much this word list contains, of those twenty-five words, only ISMTHIANS begins with a vowel!

If you prefer, we can instead

back down to length eight, which has words like the much-more-reasonable AMENDERS.

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  • $\begingroup$ But one of the sub-words isn't a "valid English word". Merriam-Webster lists it but only as part of a borrowed French phrase. Those word lists are the result of trawling. $\endgroup$ Jan 1 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ From the links you provide, AME is an abbreviation and AMENDE is a French word. The question specifically requires valid English words. $\endgroup$ Jan 1 at 19:32

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