Whatever help you need with today's Wordle is now just a short scroll or click away. I've got the answer to the December 9 (538) puzzle ready and waiting below, as well as a wide range of hints, tips, and clues designed to make your daily Wordle as easy and successful as you want it to be.
After a reasonably ordinary opening guess, four greens fell into my lap, and luckily for me, this wasn't one of those instances where there were still a dozen or more valid words left to work through either. It wasn't a "clever" win—no great deductive skills were needed today—but it still counts.
A Wordle hint for Friday, December 9
Today's answer is another word for a plait, the technique of taking multiple strands of hair or thread, and then tying or weaving them together in an attractive manner. You'll need to find two vowels today.
Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day
If there's one thing better than playing Wordle, it's playing Wordle well, which is why I'm going to share a few quick tips to help set you on the path to success:
- A good opener contains a balanced mix of unique vowels and consonants.
- A tactical second guess helps to narrow down the pool of letters quickly.
- The solution may contain repeat letters.
There's no time pressure beyond making sure it's done by midnight. So there's no reason to not treat the game like a casual newspaper crossword and come back to it later if you're coming up blank.
Today's Wordle answer
What is the Wordle 538 answer?
Let's make sure you win. The answer to the December 9 (538) Wordle is BRAID.
Wordle archive: Which words have been used
The more past Wordle answers you can cram into your memory banks, the better your chances of guessing today's Wordle answer without accidentally picking a solution that's already been used. Past Wordle answers can also give you some excellent ideas for fun starting words that keep your daily puzzle solving fresh.
Here are some recent Wordle solutions:
- December 8: INFER
- December 7: JOUST
- December 6: AMBER
- December 5: WOKEN
- December 4: ADORE
- December 3: TORSO
- December 2: CHAFE
- December 1: EJECT
- November 30: STUDY
- November 29: UNDUE
Learn more about Wordle
Every day Wordle presents you with six rows of five boxes, and it's up to you to work out which secret five-letter word is hiding inside them.
You'll want to start with a strong word (opens in new tab) like ALERT—something containing multiple vowels, common consonants, and no repeat letters. Hit Enter and the boxes will show you which letters you've got right or wrong. If a box turns ⬛️, it means that letter isn't in the secret word at all. 🟨 means the letter is in the word, but not in that position. 🟩 means you've got the right letter in the right spot.
You'll want your second go to compliment the first, using another "good" word to cover any common letters you missed last time while also trying to avoid any letter you now know for a fact isn't present in today's answer.
After that it's just a case of using what you've learned to narrow your guesses down to the right word. You have six tries in total and can only use real words (so no filling the boxes with EEEEE to see if there's an E). Don't forget letters can repeat too (ex: BOOKS).
If you need any further advice feel free to check out our Wordle tips (opens in new tab), and if you'd like to find out which words have already been used you'll find those below.
Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle (opens in new tab), as a surprise for his partner who loves word games. From there it spread to his family, and finally got released to the public. The word puzzle game has since inspired tons of games like Wordle (opens in new tab), refocusing the daily gimmick around music or math or geography. It wasn't long before Wordle became so popular it was sold to the New York Times for seven figures (opens in new tab). Surely it's only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes.