Wordle 494 frustrates fans with impossible challenge, 'I had no idea that this word existed'

Wordle 494 has infuriated a number of players with a new tricky challenge, but what is the meaning and definition of today's word?

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Wordle 494 has stumped a number of players who struggled to work out the tricky challenge set by the New York Times on Wednesday, October 26, 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 October 26, fans have been completely stumped by another tricky challenge that ruined many players streaks, and had others complaining that they had never even heard the word before!

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 Worlde answer for October 26, was 'flout'. This word caused a lot of confusion and frustration for players who were not totally familiar with this word. Many took to social media to complain about the difficulty level of this challenge. Even the players who managed to solve the challenge, complained that the word was too difficult and ruined their scores. 

"I had no idea that this word existed Wordle 494 5/6," said one player who struggled to solve this puzzle.

"Well, my streak has ended Wordle 494 X/6," said another player who could not solve this particular challenge and subsequently ruined their streak.

"Wordle 494 5/6 This was a new word for me. I definitely have to change my starter word, will have to pick it this weekend. #Wordle #Wordle494," said another who was totally unaware of the word 'flout'.

Other players did not struggle with the challenge but insisted that their ability to solve the puzzle was a complete stroke of good luck. "Now this is a fluke Wordle 494 2/6," said one player.

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Flout meaning 

Many players struggled with this challenge because they were simply unfamiliar with this term. The word is not a particularly common word that appears in everyday life. So what does the word flout mean?

The word 'flout' is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as a verb that means, 'to intentionally not obey a rule, law, or custom.' To use this word in a sentence, you could say, 'Many motorcyclists flout the law by not wearing helmets.' You could also say, 'The orchestra decided to flout convention, and wear their everyday clothes for the concert.'

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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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