170 Common Short O Words with Useful Examples in English

The short o sounds can be made in many different ways in the English language. Short o is most commonly found with the letter o and letter teams au and aw. However, there are several other options for making the short o sound as well. Here is some information regarding what a short o word is, the different ways to spell the short o sound, and a list of short o words to help understand this vowel sound. Be prepared, as some of them look a little funny.

Short O Word

What is a Short O Word?

A short o word is a word that makes a sound like “ahh” or “aw”. The vowel sound is considered short when it makes a sound that does not sound like the vowel’s name, “oh”. This sound is not always made by using the letter o and can be tricky to spot. As you’ll see below, there are some letter teams that might seem like they don’t belong, but are definitely part of the short o word family.

How to Spell Short O Words

Here are seven commonly used sound patterns used to make the short o sound, along with an example of a word using the sound pattern:

  1. o – got
  2. aw – law
  3. ho – honor
  4. au – auto
  5. a – all
  6. ough – thought
  7. augh – caught

As you can see, there are several very surprising ways in which to make a short o word using several different letter teams. It is helpful to know that most short o words are made with the letter o. The ‘au’ and ‘aw’ are also very popular letter teams that are used to make the short o sound. One rare way to spell this sound is with ‘as’, as in Arkansas. It is always fun and necessary to know and identify the other ways to write a short o word in order to read, write, and speak these words correctly.

List of Short O Words

The short o sound has many options in how it is spelled. Pay close attention to how your mouth makes the short o sound when saying some of these words that aren’t so obvious.

o

  • bob
  • cob
  • log
  • mob
  • rob
  • sob
  • cod
  • nod
  • odd
  • pod
  • rod
  • sod
  • bog
  • cog
  • dog
  • fog
  • hog
  • jog
  • log
  • mom
  • bop
  • cop
  • hop
  • lop
  • mop
  • pop
  • top
  • cot
  • dot
  • got
  • hot
  • jot
  • lot
  • not
  • pot
  • rot
  • tot
  • dock
  • lock
  • rock
  • sock
  • boss
  • loss
  • moss
  • toss
  • frog
  • blog
  • slob

aw

  • awe
  • awesome
  • awful
  • bawl
  • brawl
  • crawfish
  • dawn
  • fawn
  • flaw
  • hawk
  • lawn
  • yawn
  • raw
  • saw
  • sawdust
  • scrawl
  • scrawny
  • jaw
  • law
  • paw
  • pawn
  • caw
  • claw
  • draw
  • flaw
  • slaw
  • spawn
  • sprawl
  • squawk
  • gnaw
  • thaw
  • straw
  • jigsaw
  • outlaw
  • seesaw
  • withdraw

ho

  • honor
  • honorable
  • honest

au

  • audio
  • audit
  • auburn
  • August
  • author
  • autumn
  • applaud
  • auction
  • applause
  • astronaut
  • audience
  • audition
  • automatic
  • automobile
  • because
  • cause
  • clause
  • caution
  • exhaust
  • fraud
  • faucet
  • gauze
  • haul
  • haunt
  • launch
  • laundry
  • jaunt
  • pause
  • sauce
  • sauna
  • saucer
  • trauma

a

  • all
  • call
  • hall
  • mall
  • fall
  • ball
  • gall
  • wall
  • tall
  • small
  • stall
  • recall
  • squall
  • appall
  • befall
  • overall
  • pitfall
  • icefall
  • install
  • oddball
  • overall
  • seawall
  • drywall
  • eyeball
  • pinball
  • gumball
  • football
  • landfall
  • handball
  • firewall
  • meatball
  • birdcall
  • stonewall
  • screwball
  • whitewall
  • curveball
  • waterfall
  • dodgeball
  • basketball

ough

  • cough
  • ought
  • fought
  • trough
  • thought
  • brought
  • wrought

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