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7th Grade Spelling Bee Words

Are you a teacher looking for a spelling bee list to use in your next classroom competition?

Or perhaps you're a parent or student trying to "study ahead" on some typical spelling bee words. Either way, this list should help!

We've compiled this list of 100 words that is great for 7th graders, or any students in the upper grades. About 30 of the words appear on our list of 7th grade spelling words, while other words are from outside lists and from more difficult word lists across this website.

Printable spelling bee list for 7th grade

                            1.       abandon

                            2.       ballad

                            3.       description

                            4.       goulash

                            5.       dreadful

                            6.       oasis

                            7.       bankrupt

                            8.       brevity

                            9.       distinct

                          10.      threatening

                          11.      emulate

                          12.      calligraphy

                          13.      abbreviation

                          14.      barley

                          15.      vertical

                          16.      transferred

                          17.      feasible

                          18.      individual

                          19.      hoax

                          20.      alumni

                          21.      hospitable

                          22.      murmur

                          23.      pamphlet

                          24.      qualifying

                          25.      supposedly

                          26.      wheeze

                          27.      impertinent

                          28.      unfortunately

                          29.      acclamation

                          30.      judicious

                          31.      raspberry

                          32.      khaki

                          33.      situation

                          34.      bayou

                          35.      congratulate

                          36.      analysis

                          37.      pronunciation

                          38.      inadvertent

                          39.      vigorously

                          40.      juvenile

                          41.      unappetizing

                          42.      pastime

                          43.      irate

                          44.      recurrence

                          45.      leisurely

                          46.      accessibility

                          47.      carnivorous

                          48.      infatuated

                          49.      scarcity

                          50.      condolence

                          51.       premiere

                          52.       unavailability

                          53.       ancestor

                          54.       infinity

                          55.       athlete

                          56.       inaugurate

                          57.       porcelain

                          58.       simile

                          59.       exquisite

                          60.      recruit

                          61.      maneuver

                          62.      aqueduct

                          63.      inherit

                          64.      debacle

                          65.      luminous

                         66.      mackerel

                          67.      privilege

                          68.      tactical

                          69.      sulfur

                          70.      unnecessary

                          71.      appreciable

                          72.      amphibious

                          73.      flabbergasted

                          74.      mediocre

                          75.      punctuality

                          76.      etymology

                          77.      malleable

                          78.      cataclysm

                          79.      exacerbate

                          80.      liquefy

                          81.      ambassador

                          82.      microorganism

                          83.      asparagus

                          84.      orangutan

                          85.      subterranean

                          86.      consensus

                          87.      correspondence

                          88.      wholeheartedly

                          89.      counterfeit

                          90.      miniature

                          91.      echelon

                          92.      arithmetician

                          93.      cinematographer

                          94.      eucalyptus

                          95.      pirouette

                          96.      pavilion

                          97.      epitome

                          98.      catastrophe

                          99.      omniscient

                          100.      delicatessen

Important Tips

You may wish to adjust our list for your specific group of students. Feel free to use additional easier words, or insert some more difficult ones.

Give students lots of practice in oral spelling before competitions. Ask students to spell words frequently aloud, even from their seats, for a bit of "performance" practice.

Be sure to use spelling bee words in sentences when quizzing students. For instance, bizarre, should be clarified so it won't be confused with bazaar:  The dog's behavior was so bizarre, the veterinarian knew it was gravely ill.

Encourage students to keep a list of their most difficult words. They should add to this word list frequently and practice spelling these words often. 

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