Today’s Wordle Answer #331: Hints for Monday, May 16

This one might catch you off guard.

by Elliott Gatica


We’re quite literally a month and some change away from reaching 365 days of Wordle. A whole year’s worth of five-letter words and maintaining streaks must be tough unless you’re an aficionado of the English language. Worry not, we’ll still have you covered for today’s Wordle (May 16, 2022).

Hints for Wordle May 16

Here are some hints to get you started with the word of the day.

  • The word has one vowel.
  • This vowel is repeated.
  • This word also contains one syllable.
  • The word is a verb.
  • It is a verb.
  • This word means to dig into, to dive in, search through.

Today’s Wordle 331 Answer

If the above hints did not suffice, here is today’s answer.


The answer to the May 16 Wordle is DELVE.

How Does Wordle Work?

Wordle is a daily word-guessing game where you have six attempts to guess the word of the day. Each word used must have 5 letters and exist in the English language. With each word put, the game will give you back clues based on the accuracy of the letters and their placements.

To make the game a bit easier, you want to open with words that have lots of vowels. Since most of the five-letter words in the English language contain at least one, not counting the letter Y, you can rule out quite a lot in doing so. That’s why opening with words like AUDIO, OUIJA, or ADIEU is so popular. It is considered “optimal” and will help you in ruling out other letters.

You also should not repeat letters until your 4th try. Ruling out a majority of the letters will give you an easier time. Should you find yourself actually stumped, we do have some methods that you can use to “cheat” in Wordle. While the idea of it can seem divisive or take away from the essence of the game, some people do need that extra push.

Alternatively, if you just want to hone your skills in these types of games, we also list out some games inspired by the popular word-guessing game. They all won’t deal with words and letter accuracy like the aforementioned but are still interesting to give them a shot.

You can play Wordle for free via the New York Times’ website. If you want to check out other Wordle alternatives, check out our hand-picked list here.

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