Wordle 454 - The meaning and definition of today's tricky 5 letter word

Players of Wordle 454 were left disappointed by the tricky word choice from the New York Times, but what does this tricky word mean?

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Wordle 454 has stumped a number of players who struggled to work out the tricky challenge set by the New York Times on Friday, September 16, 2022. 

Wordle has been known to throw players a few curveballs, and words such as; leerycoylyquart, and agape have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past. Yet again on Friday, September 16, fans have been completely stumped by another tricky challenge.

Warning! There are spoilers ahead! So if you don't want to know what the answer is, please click away!

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The Wordle answer on Friday, September 16 was 'parer' this infuriated many fans and the challenge began trending on social media because so many players failed to answer this question.

"I'm calling bulls**t on this this is not a word! Wordle 454 X/6," said one player." "Wordle 454 X/6* what the f**k is a parer," said another angry fan.

Yet another player added, "Wordle 454 X/6 my absolute worst day on #wordle!!! My day, my weekend, my streak… all ruined!!! Damn you New York Times! #wordle!!!"

Parer definition

'So what does 'parer' mean? The word parer is defined as a noun that refers to, 'a small sharp knife used in paring fruits or vegetables.' Synonyms of this word might be a peeler or another small type of knife that can be used to remove peel from something.

The word derives from the verb 'to pare.' According to the Merriam Webster dictionary,  'pare' means 'to trim off an outside, excess, or irregular part of a fruit or vegetable.' For example, you could say, 'I asked the sous chef to pare the apples before putting them in the crumble'.


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If you struggled to solve this Wordle challenge, don't worry, you are not alone! This was a particularly tough challenge that stumped a lot of players. However, if you want to improve at this game, there are a number of Wordle hacks and Wordle tricks, that may help.

If you fancy something a little different instead, there are a number of Wordle alternatives that are just like Wordle, but with a slightly different twist to keep things interesting!

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