The Oxford English Dictionary, free

[update: Here is a very rough interface, which will be improved whenever I next have some free time]
Using the OED online costs £200/year, which is silly. Fortunately the first edition is out of copyright, and available at the Internet Archive. Unfortunately, it’s a bit tricky to find the right volume in a format that doesn’t expect you to download 200MB to look up a word. Djvu seems the best option; you need to install a browser plugin first, but then you can look at individual pages quite easily. Here are links to each volume:

A-B, C, D-E, F-G (pdf only) , H-K, L, M-N, O-P (flip-book only), Q-R, S-SH, SI-SU (flip-book only), SV-TH, TI-U, V-Z (flip-book only)

Other formats are at these links (yes, there are two separate scans, one from the University of Toronto and another from Kragen Sitaker):

3 replies on “The Oxford English Dictionary, free”

Thanks, Janusz. Yes, I think the important thing is that the data is available in some format. There’s no big technical problem in converting it to another format; it’s just slightly awkward because of the large file sizes

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