Said Alternatives
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150+ Better Alternatives to “Said”

English can be a beautiful language, but only if you make full use of its vast vocabulary. Yes, it is often said that there is no need to use a more complex word when a simpler alternative exists. But, here lies the paradox: employ a word too simple, and it actually can make the writing more complex. This is because such a word will contribute little to context. To amend that, you may end up using prepositions and adverbs copiously in your writing, harming its quality.

Make your dialogue tags more interesting and express more with less.  Here are 150+ better alternatives to the word “said.”

Emotional Variations of Said

Consider these said alternatives to better showcase the emotion and weight behind each of your characters’ dialogues.

Angry

  • Hissed
  • Snarled
  • Fumed
  • Thundered
  • Snapped
  • Barked
  • Ranted
  • Grunted
  • Roared
  • Spat
  • Screeched
  • Sneered
  • Cursed

Happy

  • Rejoiced
  • Laughed
  • Joked
  • Giggled
  • Sang
  • Cheered
  • Beamed
  • Giggled
  • Congratulated

Sad

  • Cried
  • Sobbed
  • Groaned
  • Whined
  • Complained
  • Sighed
  • Bawled

Worried

  • Quaked
  • Trembled
  • Stammered
  • Shuttered
  • Gulped
  • Croaked
  • Babbled
  • Jabbered

Conversational Said Alternatives

Make your characters’ conversations easier to follow and their context easier to understand by instead using these words.

Accuse

  • Accused
  • Charged
  • Alleged

Addition

  • Added
  • Contributed
  • Continued

Answer

  • Answered
  • Responded
  • Replied
  • Acknowledged
  • Explained
  • Agreed
  • Admitted

Argue

  • Argued
  • Countered
  • Retorted
  • Returned
  • Reiterated
  • Defended
  • Rebutted

Disclose

  • Disclosed
  • Confessed
  • Professed
  • Revealed
  • Divulged
  • Announced
  • Blurted
  • Notified

Insult

  • Insulted
  • Taunted
  • Jibed
  • Jeered
  • Mocked
  • Derided
  • Snarked

Persuasion

  • Persuaded
  • Insisted
  • Repeated
  • Assured
  • Theorized
  • Pleaded
  • Begged
  • Asserted

Promise

  • Promised
  • Avowed

Question

  • Questioned
  • Asked
  • Inquired
  • Quizzed
  • Interrogated

Scold

  • Scolded
  • Rebuked
  • Chided
  • Chastised
  • Criticized
  • Reproached
  • Admonished
  • Reprimanded

Suggest

  • Suggested
  • Chimed
  • Pitched
  • Ventured
  • Advised

Warn

  • Warned
  • Cautioned

 

Situational Alternatives of Said

Add greater awareness about the situation in which a character uttered a dialogue by use of these options.

Authority

  • Commanded
  • Bossed
  • Ordered
  • Dictated
  • Demanded

Brag

  • Bragged
  • Boasted
  • Scoffed

Drunk

  • Slurred
  • Sloshed
  • Slobbed

General

  • Stated
  • Spoke
  • Told
  • Expressed
  • Reported
  • Remarked
  • Commented
  • Began
  • Uttered
  • Mouthed

Loud

  • Yelled
  • Howled
  • Bellowed
  • Shouted
  • Screamed
  • Exclaimed
  • Boomed
  • Bawled

Mischievous

  • Smirked
  • Grinned
  • Snorted

Quiet

  • Murmured
  • Mumbled
  • Muttered
  • Whispered

Self

  • Monologued
  • Wondered
  • Thought
  • Pondered
  • Mused

Any said alternatives I missed? Comment them below, and I’ll add them to the list.

 

 

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