Use instead of ‘said’

If you are a writer and you want to show two or more people conversing, ‘said’ is the word you would use to
mark what is spoken. But it would tire your readers if you used ‘said’ too many times. So instead of ‘said’ you
could use a lot of other words that are given below, which could also make your writing more interesting and
expressive.

Here are dialogue words you can use instead of ‘said’, categorised by the kind of emotion or scenario they convey:

Anger: shouted, bellowed, yelled, snapped, cautioned, rebuked, demanded, growled, raged, miffed, seethed, fumed, retorted, thundered, blurted.

Affection: consoled, comforted, reassured, admired, soothed, agreed, approved.

Excitement: shouted, yelled, babbled, gushed, exclaimed, repeated.

Fear: whispered, stuttered, stammered, gasped, urged, hissed, babbled, blurted, begged, quacked, stammered, shuddered, quivered, trembled.

Determination: declared, insisted, maintained, commanded.

Authority: insisted, bossed, demanded, professed, preached, dictated.

Happiness: sighed, murmured, gushed, laughed, giggled, lilted, joked, rejoiced, sang out.

Sadness: cried, mumbled, sobbed, sighed, lamented, whined, bawled, blubbered, groaned, sniveled, wept, mourned.

Tired: mumbled, struggled, emitted, wearied.

Pain: barked, cried out, cried, screamed, jabbered, bellowed, groaned, howled, shrieked, roared, grieved, wailed, yelped.

Understanding: empathized, accepted, consoled, crooned, comforted, sympathized, agreed.

Conflict: jabbed, sneered, rebuked, hissed, scolded, demanded, threatened, insinuated, spat, glowered, complained.

Making up: apologised, relented, agreed, reassured, placated, assented, assured.

Request/Ask: beseeched, begged, implored, pleaded, entreated, appealed to, enjoined, urged, goaded, induced, persuaded, encouraged, petitioned, prayed.

Amusement: teased, joked, laughed, chuckled, chortled, sniggered, tittered, guffawed, giggled, roared.

Storytelling: related, recounted, continued, emphasized, remembered, recalled, resumed, concluded.

Answer: responded, retorted, replied, rejoined, answered, acknowledged.

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