There's a hint for today's Wordle waiting just below, giving you just enough of a push towards the answer to be helpful without completely giving the game away. Or if you'd like to have the November 17 (881) Wordle answer on a plate, you're in luck because you're only a click away from today's solution.
A strong second guess really saved my game today, pulling my scattered yellows into focus and giving me the direction I needed. I didn't find the Wordle answer straight away, but it was enough to ensure a win in four without any great amount of brow-furrowing or hair-pulling.
Today's Wordle hint
Wordle today: A hint for Friday, November 17
The answer today is a word meaning to be a bit late, a bit slow, unhurried. A reply sent days after the original urgent email, the friend who turns up to a meal an hour after everyone else.
Is there a double letter in Wordle today?
No, there is no double letter in today's puzzle.
Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day
A good starting word can be the difference between victory and defeat with the daily puzzle, but once you've got the basics, it's much easier to nail down those Wordle wins. And as there's nothing quite like a small victory to set you up for the rest of the day, here are a few tips to help set you on the right path:
- A good opening guess should contain a mix of unique consonants and vowels.
- Narrow down the pool of letters quickly with a tactical second guess.
- Watch out for letters appearing more than once in the answer.
There's no racing against the clock with Wordle so you don't need to rush for the answer. Treating the game like a casual newspaper crossword can be a good tactic; that way, you can come back to it later if you're coming up blank. Stepping away for a while might mean the difference between a win and a line of grey squares.
Today's Wordle answer
What is today's Wordle answer?
Some days those greens hide away. The answer to the November 17 (881) Wordle is TARDY.
Previous Wordle answers
The last 10 Wordle answers
Past Wordle answers can give you some excellent ideas for fun starting words that keep your daily puzzle-solving fresh. They are also a good way to eliminate guesses for today's Wordle, as the answer is unlikely to be repeated.
Here are some recent Wordle answers:
- November 16: TRUST
- November 15: SIGHT
- November 14: SASSY
- November 13: GREEN
- November 12: MEANT
- November 11: TODDY
- November 10: LEASH
- November 9: GLAZE
- November 8: NINJA
- November 7: LIMIT
Learn more about Wordle
Wordle gives you six rows of five boxes each day, and you'll need to work out which secret five-letter word is hiding inside them to keep up your winning streak.
You should start with a strong word like ARISE, or any other word that contains a good mix of common consonants and multiple vowels. You'll also want to avoid starting words with repeating letters, as you're wasting the chance to potentially eliminate or confirm an extra letter. Once you hit Enter, you'll see which ones 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.
Your second guess should compliment the starting word, 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. With a bit of luck, you should have some coloured squares to work with and set you on the right path.
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, and if you'd like to find out which words have already been used you can scroll to the relevant section above.
Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle, 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, 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. Surely it's only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes.