Replace the word ‘said’ in your writing

Replace said in your writing speech bubbles

When writing dialogue, many writers tend to use the word ‘said’ far too much. There are many other words you can use to replace ‘said’, and at the same time bring across the feelings of your characters, such as in this example:

“What a mess!” she said.

or

“What a mess!” she groaned.

The word ‘groaned’ shares the frustration of the character, or maybe even despair. Not only that, as you read the sentence, you also hear how the words are spoken.

Below is a list of words you can use to replace ‘said’.
(Please always consult a dictionary if you don’t know the full meaning of a word!)

accusedcrackedinterrogatedreiterated
acknowledgedcriedinterruptedrejoiced
acquiescedcriticizedintimatedrejoined
addedcroakedintimidatedrelated
addressedcross-examineditemizedremarked
admittedcrowedjeeredremembered
admonisheddebatedjestedreminded
adviseddecidedjokedrepeated
advocateddeclaimedjudgedreplied
affirmeddeclaredlamentedreported
agreeddecreedlaughedreprimanded
allegeddefendedlecturedrequested
alloweddemandedliedresponded
alludeddemurredlispedrestated
announceddeniedlistedresumed
answereddenouncedmade knownretorted
apologizeddescribedmagnifiedreturned
appeaseddictatedmaintainedrevealed
approveddirectedmarveledroared
argueddisclosedmentionedruled
articulateddiscussedmimickedrumbled
askeddisruptedmoanedsanctioned
assenteddivulgedmockedsassed
asserteddrawledmumbledscoffed
assumeddronedmurmuredscolded
assuredechoedmusedscreamed
attestedelaboratedmutteredshouted
avowedemphasizednaggedshrieked
babbledenjoinednarratedshuddered
banteredentreatednotedsnapped
bargainedenunciatednotifiedsneered
barkedestimatedobjectedsneezed
bawledexaggeratedobservedsnickered
beganexclaimedofferedsniffled
beggedexplainedopinedsnorted
bellowedexposedoratedsobbed
beratedexpressedorderedsolicited
beseechedfalteredpersistedspecified
blurtedfearedpetitionedspelled out
boastedforetoldpleadedspoke
boomedfrettedpointed outsputtered
braggedfumedponderedsqueaked
brought forthgaspedpraisedsquealed
cajoledgiggledprayedstammered
calledgloatedpreachedstarted
cautionedgoadedpredictedstated
challengedgrantedproclaimedstipulated
chargedgrinnedproddedstormed
chattedgripedprofessedstressed
cheeredgroanedpromisedstuttered
chidedgrowledpromptedsubmitted
chortledgrumbledpronouncedsuggested
citedgruntedproposedtaunted
claimedguessedpropoundedtestified
cluckedgulpedprotestedthought
coaxedgurgledprovedthreatened
commandedgushedpublicizedtold
commentedhaggledquaveredtwitted
complainedhedgedqueriedupbraided
concededhesitatedquestionedurged
concludedhintedquibbleduttered
concurredhissedquippedvoiced
condescendedhowledquotedvowed
confessedimitatedrantedwailed
confidedimpartedravedwarned
confirmedimpliedreaffirmedwent on
consentedimploredreasonedwept
contendedindicatedreassuredwhimpered
contestedinferredrecalledwhispered
continuedinformedreciprocatedwhistled
contradictedinquiredrecitedwhooped
contributedinsinuatedrecommendedwondered
convincedinsistedrecountedworried
coughedinstructedreferredwrangled
counseledinterjectedrefutedyawned
counteredinterpretedregrettedyelled
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